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How to treat your mom on this holiday weekend

Pediatric nurse, Melanie Seipelt (L) takes care of Tanja Hinkelmann and her daughter Johanna (born on 27 August 2013) in a room of the new interdisciplinary perinatological ward of the university hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden, Germany, 04 September 2013. (Arno Burgi/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

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.

Quiet time

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.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 20, 2014, on page 2.

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Summary

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.

On Friday, top restaurants across the country will be cooking in honor of mom.

Bring mom to eat at Indigo on the Roof and enjoy a free aperitif with your meal.

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.

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.


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