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International Women's Day


               The 8th of March, Women's Day, is an amazingly beautiful holiday filled with tenderness. Every year, when spring comes the "strong" half of the world from a young schoolboy to an old general with rich moustache worships the "weak" one. All the ladies receive presents, flowers, poems, text messages and simply kind words and wishes. This is the day when women get the particular attention from men and positive emotions are felt everywhere.

On this day men, guys, boys do not forget women, maids, and girls.

Not everybody knows the history of the holiday we celebrate so widely every year on March, 8. The beginning was the following.

Even ancient Rome knew women's day celebrated my matrons. That was the day, when matrons (free-born married women) received presents from their husbands and enjoyed their love and attention. Female slaves were given presents as well and a senior woman at home allowed them to have a day off. Wearing their best attires, with fragrant flowers in their hair, Roman women came to the temple of goddess Vesta, who was believed a hearth guardian.

Much time has passed since then. Women decided to change their life, struggle for equal rights with men.

March 8, 1857 women working in the textile industry of New York City walked along the city streets to protest against low wages and bad working conditions.

In 1908, this same day, their granddaughters demanded the prohibition of children's labor, improvement of working conditions at the factories and giving women a right to vote. A year later the Socialists' party of America announced the last Sunday of February as National Women's day. In 1910 at the international women's conference in Copenhagen Klara Zetkin suggested an annual celebration of International Women's day on March 8 in the memory of the events in New York.

In Russia this holiday has been celebrate since 1913 and is widely spread. Some countries do not consider this date a holiday, though. By the way, not all the countries announced it as a day off. The Roman women are the luckiest in this regard, as this wonderful day of Love, Beauty, Spring devoted to women has been a holiday for many centuries for them.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.

Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply 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. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

The IWD is also celebrated as the first spring holiday in the Northern Hemisphere as the first day of March is considered the first day of the spring season.


The first IWD was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. Among other relevant historic events, it came to commemorate the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The idea of having an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.

In 1910 the first international women's conference was held in Copenhagen (in the labour-movement building located at Jagtvej 69, which until recently housed Ungdomshuset) by the Second International and an 'International Women's Day' was established, which was submitted by the important German Socialist Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified.[1] The following year, 1911, IWD was marked by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, on March 19.[2] However, soon thereafter, on March 25, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City killed over 140 garment workers. A lack of safety measures was blamed for the high death toll. Furthermore, on the eve of World War I, women across Europe held peace rallies on 8 March 1913. In the West, International Women's Day was commemorated during the 1910s and 1920s, but dwindled. It was revived by the rise of feminism in the 1960s.

Demonstrations marking International Women's Day in Russia proved to be the first stage of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Following the October Revolution, the Bolshevik feminist Alexandra Kollontai persuaded Lenin to make it an official holiday in the Soviet Union, and it was established, but was a working day until 1965. On May 8, 1965 by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme Soviet International Women's Day was declared as a non working day in the USSR "in commemoration of the outstanding merits of Soviet women in communistic construction, in the defense of their Fatherland during the Great Patriotic War, in their heroism and selflessness at the front and in the rear, and also marking the great contribution of women to strengthening friendship between peoples, and the struggle for peace. But still, women's day must be celebrated as are other holidays."

Female members of the Australian Builders Labourers Federation march on International Women's Day 1975 in Sydney

The 1932 Soviet poster dedicated to the 8th of March holiday. The text reads: "8th of March is the day of rebellion of the working women against kitchen slavery" and "Down with the oppression and narrow-mindedness of household work!". Originally in the USSR the holiday had a clear political character, emphasizing the role of the Soviet state in the liberation of women from their second-class-citizen status.
March 8 rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh
The mimosa (technically, the Silver Wattle) is the symbol of the celebrations of Women's day in Italy

Happy Women's Day!

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From http://www.holidays.net/mother/celebrat.htm

Did you know that the celebration of motherhood dates back to the ancient Greeks? Rhea, the mother of all Greek goddesses, was honored annually at a springtime feast. In ancient Rome, a raucous spring festival was held in honor of the Roman mother goddess, Cybele, while the Celtic Pagans linked their celebration of the mother goddess Brigid to the coming of spring and the first milking of the ewes. 

When is Mother's Day Around the World?

While Mother's Day in the US is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May, and the UK's Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, worldwide many countries also celebrate Mother's Day (also known as Ladies Day, Women's Day, Parent's Day) throughout the year.

Date Celebrated Countries Celebrating
Second Sunday in February Norway
Shevat 30
(falls anywhere between January 30 and March 1)
March 3 Georgia
March 8 Afghanistan, Albania*, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Laos, Macedonia*, Montenegro, Moldova*, Montenegro, Romania*, Russia*, Serbia, Ukraine.

*In Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Guyana, Italy, Macedonia, Mongolia, and Russia the day is observed as International Women's Day (not specifically Mothers' Day).
Fourth Sunday in Lent
(Mothering Sunday)
Ireland, Nigeria, United Kingdom
March 21
(Vernal Equinox)
Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (most Arab countries)
March 25 Slovenia
April 7 Armenia
Baisakh (Mata Tirtha Aunsi - April/May) Nepal
First Sunday in May Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain
May 8 Albania (Parents' Day), South Korea (Parents' Day)
May 10 El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
Second Sunday in May
Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cura?ao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
May 26 Poland
May 27 Bolivia
Last Sunday in May Algeria, Dominican Republic, France*, Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia

*(except if the day falls on Pentecost Sunday, in which case Mother's Day will be celebrated on the first Sunday of June)
May 30 Nicaragua
June 1 Mongolia (The Mothers and Children's Day. Mongolia is the only country that celebrates Mother's day twice a year.)
2nd Sunday of June Luxembourg
Last Sunday of June Kenya
August 12 Thailand (the birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara)
August 15
(Assumption Day)
Antwerp (Belgium), Costa Rica
Second Monday in October Malawi
October 14 Belarus
Third Sunday in October Argentina (D?a de la Madre)
Last Sunday of November Russia
December 8 Panama
December 22 Indonesia


Celebrating Mother's Day

One the best way to celebrate Mother's Day is to give your mom the day off. Let her take it easy and relax while the rest of the family does the work.


Many families begin Mother's Day with breakfast in bed. Usually Dad and the Kids will let mom sleep late as they go into the kitchen and prepare her favorite meal. A Mother's Day breakfast can consist of anything your mom likes.

After the food is cooked arrange everything nicely on a tray. Don't forget the vase with a single flower. With spring here, the children can pick a tulip or daffodil from the garden outside. When everything is ready carefully carry the tray and mom's favorite sections from the newspaper up to her bedroom. Cards and small presents from the children can be placed on the tray before it is presented to mom in bed.


Many Families make a special Mother's Day dinner or take mom out to her favorite restaurant for a meal. It is a good day to let your mom relax and let her see what a wonderful family she has.

Song and poems

On Mother’s Day
“On Mother’s Day, on Mother’s Day
Oh how I love you, mom
On mother’s day, on mother’s day
Oh, how I love you mom
You give me joy and happiness
I give you love, a hug and kiss
On mother’s day, on mother’s day
Oh how I love you mom “

Thank You, Mom
“Thank you, Mom, for all your hugs,
All your hugs, all your hugs.
Thank you Mom, for all your hugs,
They feel good to me.
Thank you Mom for all your kisses
All your kisses, all your kisses.
Thank you Mom for all your kisses,
They feel good to me.
Thank you Mom for all your love
All your love, all your love.
Thank you Mom for all your love,
It feels good to me.”

Let’s go out and pick some flowers
“Let’s go out and pick some flowers
And make a big bouquet;
We must bring a special gift
To Mom on Mother’s Day!

Here’s a rose, and there’s a daisy
For our Mom’s bouquet,
Pretty flowers to show we love her
More and more each day!”

Where would we be without Moms?
“Where would we be without Moms?
Where would we be without those ladies?
Helping us all year long
And the love you give is just amazing.

Growing up
Getting up
Feeling good each day
Is easy to do.

Helping hands
Showing us the way
We tip our hats to you.

Oh, oh, Moms, Moms, where would we be?
Oh Moms, there’s no debate,
Mom, Moms, where would we be?
Oh Moms, we think you’re great.”
Ron Brown


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