BEIRUT: Falling five weeks after Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day rivals the holiday of love in its ability to sell cakes, flowers and more elaborate gestures of love and appreciation. For several weeks, sales on gift items ranging from gold necklaces to comfy pajamas have attempted to lure mama’s boys and girls to indulge in a little holiday shopping. And on Friday, top restaurants across the country will be cooking in honor of mom.
The convenient weekend timing will offer plenty of working children a chance to catch up with their mothers with themed events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, too. The Daily Star has compiled a list to help plan weekend Mother’s Day festivities. Brady brunch
Go ArmenianMayrig, GemmayzehMarch 22, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.01-571-577
One of Beirut’s beloved Armenian restaurants, Mayrig, will host a Mother’s Day brunch event entitled “Batchig” – Armenian for “kiss.” The meal costs $35.
Fundraiser brunch Le Royal Hotel, Dbayeh, March 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.03-845-205
Le Royal is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch Friday for CHANCE, a Lebanese association that helps to fund treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders. The meal costs $50 per person. Munch at Le GreyIndigo on the Roof, Le Grey Hotel, Martyrs’ SquareMarch 21-2301-972-000
Bring mom to eat at Indigo on the Roof and enjoy a free aperitif with your meal. Le Grey is also giving away prizes for Mother’s Day guests and has launched a special sampler item with four types of risotto.
Family field trip
Dinner in Aranoon VillageDraj al-Ward, Batroun highway, Aranoon VillageMarch 22, 8-11:30 p.m.06-642-111
Aranoon Village is hosting an open buffet to celebrate Mother’s Day, with live entertainment and special activities. The dinner with open bar costs $55.
Morning in TyreRest House, TyreMarch 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.07-742-000
Spend the morning having a delicious breakfast with mom, get tips on eating for better skin with a nutritionist and finish the morning with a cooking class. With the afternoon open, you can also have a walk on the idyllic beach down south. Tickets are LL45,000.
For moms and Tots
Karaoke for MomAjami Souk, Beirut Souks, DowntownMarch 21-23, 5-7 p.m.Moms with smaller children can treat themselves to a shopping spree under the guise of karaoke. Beirut Souks is hosting children’s karaoke accompanied by a live band every evening this weekend.
Mom’s Day OffTop of the World, HarissaMarch 22, 4-6 p.m.09-262-280
This children’s activity center will host an event Saturday afternoon featuring workout sessions, cooking classes, craft corners and spa treatments for mom and child. The cost is LL20,000.
Spa daySpa at Phoenicia Hotel, Ain al-MreissehMarch 20-30Phoenicia is hosting two spa packages for Mother’s Day. Choose between a body scrub and healing massage, followed by a manicure, champagne and strawberries, or a collagen facial, reflexology massage, manicure and pedicure with lunch or dinner for two at Caffe Mondo included.
Stress-free session Harmony center, Estral Building, Hamra StreetMarch 21, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.Harmony center is offering a discounted Mother’s Day voucher for two energy healing sessions, which would include any classes in reiki, quantum touch, intuitive healing and Eastern European healing techniques. Buy by Mother’s Day for $70.