international women’s day {Международный женский день}

This post originally published on a previously-owned blog and was imported here to simplify my life. Please excuse any confusion due to this merge. I hope you enjoy the content!

Although this day has spread to many corners of the globe now and is celebrated by many {and for many different reasons}, I still like to think of it as a Russian holiday.  It began almost a hundred years ago during Soviet times purely for political reasons {women’s rights, equality with men, etc.}.  Now, however, most of that has been pushed to the background by the “fun” parts of it.  At least that’s how I like to think of it…

Women, old and young, are showered with flowers, chocolates, cards and more.  Sometimes, men even declare that they will do all the housework on that day for their wife, mom, grandma, or sister….though I doubt that’s a common gift. 😉

(my Russian host family in 2006)

The coolest part of the whole thing?  It’s a National Holiday and almost all workplaces are closed for March 8!  Now THAT is something we should implement in the States!  The Russians have all the fun…  😉

Happy International Women’s Day!

Update since I wrote this yesterday: Here is an interesting blog post on the breakdown of Women’s Day, literally.  Femininity and whatnot.  🙂

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