International Women’s Day
Did you know that today is International Women’s Day? Despite the word ‘international’ in its name, the holiday seems a lot less international than, say, St. Valentine’s Day or Christmas. But since I come from a country in which March 8th is very much celebrated I believe it deserves to be mentioned.
The holiday of March 8th, originally called International Working Women’s Day, started as a political event organized by the Socialist party a bit more than a century ago. By now, however, in most countries where it is celebrated International Women’s Day has lost its political meaning and turned into yet another occasion for ladies to demand gifts, flowers, fancy dinners and other pleasant things from the opposite sex.
According to Wikipedia, International Women’s Day is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macedonia, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
So you can hardly say that the holiday is celebrated worldwide. Nevertheless, Google dedicated today’s doodle to the occasion, and Russian social network Vkontakte (VK) added a flower to their logo on the Russian-language site (something they do a few times a year for important holidays: Christmas tree for New Year’s, flower for March 8th, star for Victory Day and so on).
So, dear ladies, have a happy International Women’s Day whether you celebrate it or not, and consider it another opportunity to give and, most importantly, receive gifts, flowers and candy! :)
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