March 8th is International Women’s Day which celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Did you know that in some places like China, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Bulgaria, March 8th is a national holiday? These countries do really love their women ☺!
Even though March 8th originated in the USA, it is not well-known holiday here. Many associate this holiday with the Socialist movements of the 20th century; however, in many regions of the world, the day has lost its political flavor, and has simply become an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s Day.
The Women’s Day was and still is a very popular holiday in Ukraine (the country where I was born and raised). Mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, aunts, schoolmates, coworkers – no one lacks attention on this day. Children prepare self-made postcards with flowers and greetings for their moms; husbands do dishes, laundry and house cleaning (what a true holiday!), and they give the women they love spring flowers. I woke up this morning and saw a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers in front of me – what a great start of the day! Kudos to my husband ☺. It brought me a memory of how I got my first flower and first kiss on the March 8th – well, I was 4 and yes, it happened in kindergarten…
Does your family celebrate March 8th?