By Andriana Simos and Argyro Vourdoumpa.
This Mother’s Day, Greek Australians celebrated the special mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other female figures in their lives with special cakes, luncheons and festivities.
Here’s a look at some of the events which were held in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
In NSW, a number of Greek organisations held morning teas to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and courage of many inspirational Greek women.
At the Swissotel in Sydney, over 70 women attended The Castellorizian Association of NSW’s ‘Mother’s Day Endless High Tea’ and were treated to delicious food and lots of singing. There was also a raffle which was enjoyed by all the guests.
Elsewhere, the Kytherian Ladies Auxiliary held a Mother’s Day Morning Tea event on Tuesday, May 3 at the Lakes Golf Club in Eastlakes. Over 100 women enjoyed a number of speeches from proud Kytherian, Matina Mottee, and Bridget Sakr, who is the mother of one of the victims of the 2020 Oatlands car crash that killed four children.
On Mother’s Day, a number of Greek Orthodox churches across Sydney also celebrated the special women from their local parishes. At St Nectarios Parish in Burwood for example, mothers and grandmothers were given a rose by the Ladies Philoptochos and enjoyed a morning tea in the courtyard.
Eleni Gerassis from Tiny Miracles also took hundreds of gift bags to new mums in the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, as well as The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
In Victoria, the Lemnian Community held a small lunch to celebrate the special women in their lives and wrote on Facebook: “we wish mothers all over the world a wonderful day with your families.”
After two years of COVID hiatus and restrictions, Adelaide’s Greek community came out in full force today, Sunday May 8, to celebrate Mother’s Day with traditional delicacies, live music and dancing.
Flowers were offered to mothers, grandmothers and mother figures after the Sunday service at St George Greek Orthodox Church in Thebarton and other Parishes across the state.
Special lunches were also held by several organisations among them the Cyprus Community, the Pontian Brotherhood, the Pan-Laconian Society “Leonidas” and the Greek Society of Evia.