8 March is traditionally a wonderful celebration of a WOMAN in Russia (would be interesting to know how people in other countries relate to this day?).
It is an official holiday and the celebration looks like Valentine`s Day and Mother`s Day together, but it is much more! Originally politically coloured it became an Ode to Womanhood.
All women: beloved and not, wives, sisters, mothers, girlfriends, grandmothers and just colleagues get their flowers, warm words and kind attention from the masculine half of the society.
Being a spring day, 8 March generously presents fresh spring flowers like tulips, mimosa and – of course! – roses…
The attitude to a woman has been rather contradictory in Russia through centuries. Although, living in the West I must admit that I find more respect, adoration and appreciation for a woman in Russia than in Europe (never been to USA, but I guess it is pretty much the same as in Europe).
Russian women never shout much about emancipation – they just don`t need any. They have been working equally with men long before the European ladies learned an office job.
At the same time officially a man was “the head” of the family, but we knew who was “the neck” turning this head!
I feel it`s a pity that the Western women lost a solid part of their femenity willing to “be equal” with men.
Every man deep inside is a noble knight, but only a princess can awaken it in him…
Let men carry your heavy bags, open the door for you, help you into a coat, give you flowers – they will love it! They love to be noble knights, it is built within them.
I wish you a happy, flowery and fragrant WOMAN`S DAY today, on the 8th of March, and every other day!