Mourners have been laying flowers at Masjid al Noor and Linwood Masjid following the incident, prompting many around the world to do the same at their nearest mosques, reported TIME.
In fact, Stuff NZ reported that the high demand for flowers had stripped florists, supermarkets, dairies, garages, and the local flower market of all available supply.
The movement has certainly struck a chord with one young birthday boy in New Zealand
On 17 March, a Facebook user by the name of ‘Samuel Sen’ shared a heartwarming story about his son who had just turned nine years old.
“I normally don’t post but I had to today,” he wrote, adding a birthday greeting for his son, Darsh.
“I was going to surprise him with a gift which he wanted for his birthday which was a laptop but he surprised me. I asked him today while going to buy it, I asked him ‘What do you want for your birthday’ [and] he said ‘flowers’,” Samuel related.
Amused and also confused, Samuel asked his son why he wanted to get flowers
“[B]ecause I want to take it to the mosque and pay my respects to the people who died in Christchurch,” replied Darsh.
Darsh’s answer had shocked Samuel into silence, “After moment of silence I asked him ‘what about the laptop you wanted for so long’ [and] he said ‘Dadda you can donate that money to people who need it more in Christchurch, they need it more and I can use your laptop for now’.”