Tomorrow, 8th March, is International Women’s Day and I want to talk about the way this day is celebrated in Romania and how I’m still celebrating. This is a new celebration in UK, gaining more and more momentum each year.
I do think it’s interesting how it evolves. The way is celebrated, with an emphasis on strong inspirational women. I think it’s great. There are many women that do or did amazing things, so we should celebrate them. As we should celebrate men that did inspirational things as well, but this is Women’s Day, so I’m focused on that.
In Romania though there is a huge difference. International Women’s Day is very similar to Mother’s Day, but all women are celebrated, not just mothers. This is the second important celebration in March, first being on the 1st, called Martisor, I mentioned details in my latest post about jewellery. Yes, Romanians have a holiday in which women and girls are given charms. Really, I have no idea why it’s not an international holiday.
Last year I’ve made a short post about Women’s Day and how the day is celebrated in Romania. Besides the obvious special meal, cake, flowers, and gifts for mothers, sisters, wives, partners, men bring flowers to their colleagues. Companies are doing something special for their women employees and sometimes customers too. It doesn’t even have to be something expensive, like getting a cake. It’s a celebration and it’s fun. At the news the presenters talk about special things that happened during the day. Each year, in big cities, policemen are stopping women drivers to offer them a flower.
As a teenager I’ve celebrated with my mother and friends. We had “girls night out” sort of thing. It was lovely, exciting, fun. One year the pizza place we went to was so busy that we’ve ended up sharing a big table with another family, girl, mother and grandmother. We all had so much fun. It was a memory I will cherish forever.
This year I’ve decided to celebrate as we always do, with cake, a day out, going to a restaurant. But these days I’ve been also reading about fascinating women and short stories written by an amazing woman. See my book blog Coffee and Books tomorrow.