March 8, not only for Russian ladies. Hey...

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Posted by Hans on January 27, 2001 at 08:37:40:

guys if your not Russian, but African, American, Austrian, Belgian, British, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish [Ok, I am not going to enumerate every nationality alphabatically]... remember this, before you go into Ukraine or already travelling there or staying there. before you know it, it is the 8th of March.

Celebration of all Women . . .
International Womens' Day

Imagine; Valentine's Day and Mother's Day all in one! This is what
International Women's Day (IWD), in Russia, is like. March 8 is a national
holiday and a non-work day. Several nations celebrate IWD, but only a few
acknowledge it as an official, non-working holiday. In the West, where
Mother's Day falls in May, IWD is typically celebrated by feminist and
women's rights groups. Russian President Boris Yeltsin introduced a mother's day holiday for the last Sunday in November. However, this has not been widely accepted as most Russian's prefer the traditional IWD holiday at the beginning of spring.

On IWD, Russian men bestow gifts, flowers and other expressions of praise
and gratitude on the ladies in their lives. While this holiday does have its
roots in the women's rights movement, it is important to remember that it,
also, reflects the respect that Russian people have for the role of women in
their culture. All women are honored, not just mothers!

Thanks Bart for telling me, so I'll pass it on!

Sincerely,
Hans


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