Deepavali is just another day for single mother


  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Oct 2013

KULAIJAYA: Deepavali usually paints an image of a colourful and vibrant celebration in people’s minds, but for single mother K. Sellamah (pic), the occasion only serves to remind her that she is alone.

When other Hindu families are busy preparing for the Festival of Lights, Sellamah sees the occasion as just another day.

The 66-year-old who works as a dishwasher at a coffee shop near her rented room in Taman Saga here said that it had always been that way for the past 12 years.

“My three children are all married and have moved out,” she said here yesterday.

Sellamah said that it was the norm for families to go out early to the temple on Deepavali morning to pray for good fortune for the whole family and then feast on delicious food.

“I will be working as usual as I have no one to celebrate with.

“I just hope that my children and their children are safe and think of me once in a while even though they never came back to visit,” she said, adding that her husband died more than 10 years ago and she was used to being alone all the time.

Sellamah was among 30 recipients who received a bag of basic necessities and angpow (cash gift) from Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching.

Another recipient K.K. Supermah, 52, was grateful to have the bag of goodies to celebrate Deepavali with her family.

Her 60-year-old husband is visually impaired.

Other than being the sole breadwinner of the family, she has to take care of their three grandchildren at the same time.

“I do not earn much from working as a cleaner and my children have all moved out and left me to look after their kids,” she said, adding that she counts on donations to help her make ends meet.

The recipients were from Taman Saga, Taman Indahoura, Taman Desa Kulai and Taman Makmur.

Teo said another 45 families would receive the same goodies next week.

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