Sunday, 8 March 2015

Women's Day in Poland

8th March 2015 

This day is still very popular as it used to be in the communist times. It is celebrated on March the 8th of each year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries (primarily Russia and the countries of former Soviet block). In some celebrations, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them.

Women's Day was very popular during communistic times and has been is celebrated more as a national holiday for all women, whether they are 8, or 80 years old. At that day, all women in Poland receive special attention usually by getting a flower – carnation and a pair of stockings. In addition to flowers and a pair of stockings, they sometimes receive greeting cards, which are not that popular in Poland as they are in North America. 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 defence of their Motherland 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."
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the celebrations of International Women’s Day were deserted in Armenia. April 7 was declared as state holiday of ‘Beauty and Motherhood’. In Italy, on International Women’s day, men offer yellow mimosas to women as special gifts. Yellow mimosas and chocolates are the most common presents on March 8, in Russia.
In the Asia, the custom of giving women flowers still prevails on the International Women’s Day. Sometimes, Women get gifts from their employers. School children are often brought presentations for their teachers.
Honestly I didn't celebrate this day and I don't do it.  

The photos were taken in Castle Krasiczyn in 2010. During our summer holidays there

In 1975, The United Nations has been started a celebration to International Womens Day. The 2005 Congress of the British Trades Union Congress strongly approved a resolution calling for International Women’s Day to be nominated a public holiday in the United Kingdom.


  1. It is not a holiday here but people celebrate in different ways. Hundreds of women ran in a fun run to raise awareness of breast cancer. There were parades with women and men advocating against domestic violence and many other women's issues.

  2. It's not a holiday in the US either, I suspect because it is associated with Communism.

  3. It is not a holiday here. That lake looks very serene.

  4. no, not a holiday in the US.

  5. It isn't a holiday here either but there are a few events going on in the city!

  6. Interesting how things come and go in a political environment.

  7. It is not a day I am aware of. I think Cynthia may have it right as to why it is not well known here.