March 8th, also known as the International Women’s Day, is marked in red, bold letters in all Russian calendars. Unlike the rest of the world, where this day is seen as a chance to demand equal rights and justice between men and women, in Russia it has taken on an entirely different meaning.
Women’s Day was initially conceived as a day of feminist action in Russia, which is considered one of the birthplaces of the holiday. It was first marked on March 8, 1913, when women held a mass protest to demand the right to vote. In 1918, it was proclaimed a national holiday in Russia. But somehow, this day has long since developed into a combination of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Since Mother’s Day is not really observed in Russia, March 8th serves as a day to commemorate both mothers and women in general.
International Women’s Day in Russia has become a romantic occasion, with men buying mimosas or roses and sweet little gifts for their wives, and stores filled with champagne and boxes of chocolates. Men make romantic declarations instead of political statements seeking equality.
Women’s Day is an official public holiday in Russia. Since most people have the day off on March 8th, several businesses hold a Women’s Day corporate event the day before or after the holiday. Women are also given flower bouquets, as well as chocolate or personalized presents. At school, children bring their (female) teachers flowers. And younger grades create 8th of March-themed arts and crafts projects for their mothers and grandmothers.
This lovely spring holiday is usually celebrated with a festive meal and champagne in the family circle. Visiting friends is another common way to commemorate March 8th. Flowers, poetry postcards, chocolate, and other nice gifts are offered by men to their mothers, wives, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters. Many men also take over the housework on this day as a token of their appreciation, so that women can enjoy a full day of rest.
Regardless of any feminist questions about the holiday, March 8th is a significant date in Russian history and culture. That’s why this day has a special meaning for all single women looking for a foreign partner online. Any Russian woman will be glad to receive personal message with kind words towards her femininity, beauty and tenderness. Send her a virtual postcard with mimosa blossom to show your appreciation and care.
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