Around 60 women were feted to a hi-tea reception on the eve of Mother's Day yesterday, to celebrate their monumental contributions to families. Pix by ZULAIKHA ZAINUZMAN

GEORGE TOWN: Around 60 women were feted to a hi-tea reception on the eve of Mother's Day yesterday, to celebrate their monumental contributions to families.

The event was organised by the Malaysian Ceylonese Congress (MCC) Penang branch at a seafronting house in Tanjung Bunga here.

It was a cordial atmosphere as members and non-members mingled to reminisce on their experiences.

Event organising chairman Dr K. Parameshwaran saluted the sacrifices made by all mothers in nurturing their children under challenging circumstances.

"Many women, despite having to go to work daily, are still able to strike a balance between careers and duties as mothers.

"Our aim is to promote 'muhibbah' among women on this special day (Mother's Day)," he said, adding that MCC had held similar events annually.

However, this time around, the invitees have been extended to non-members.

At the hi-tea, some daughters shared tender moments and bonded with their mothers by feeding them with cakes as well as pastries as gestures of love and gratitude.

Parameshwaran's wife, Malathei Parameshwaran, said she had been in touch with her 25-year-old son in the United States and 21-year-old daughter in Dublin, at the Republic of Ireland, through Skype.

"We are always close despite the vast distance between us with the help from technology.

"Mother's Day is a special day recognised in the international calendar and I am grateful that it is held to reflect the efforts from us to families," she said.