A major day of global celebration of womanhood, International
Women's Day is a cherished time and a reason of pride for millions
of women the world over. At present, the day is observed in a number
of prominent countries. Read on to know how International Women's
Day is celebrated across different nations of the world. If you like
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In Armenia, International Women's Day (IWD)
is observed as an official holiday. After the collapse of the Soviet Union,
IWD celebrations were abandoned in Armenia and a similar day dedicated to
‘Beauty and Motherhood’ was introduced as state holiday to be observed
annually on April 7. This new holiday got immediate popularity among
Armenians, owing to the fact that it commemorates one of the main holidays
of Armenian Church, Annunciation. However, people still kept celebrating IWD
on March 8 as well.
In Romania, International Women's Day (IWD) is an official holiday. Here it
is observed as an equivalent of Mother's Day. The Romanian IWD celebrations
include gift-giving of little children to their mothers and grandmothers.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova,
Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Serbia International
Women's Day sees enthusiastic celebrations. Observed as an official holiday,
IWD is observed by men giving flowers and small gifts to the women in their
lives - mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc. Sometimes, women get
gifts from their employers too. In schools, pupils often bring gifts for
their teachers on this day.
In Italy, men give yellow mimosas to women on this day. Yellow mimosas and
chocolate are also one of the most common March 8 presents in Russia.
In Portugal, the day is celebrated by women as well as the men in their
lives. The night of 8 March sees groups of women celebrate the occasion
together in "women-only" dinners and parties.
In India, IWD is celebrated with great fervor. Many celebrations are held
during this day. Several women’s organizations, Non Government Organizations
(NGO), students and social activists actively participate to make the
occasion a success. Various seminars, mass rallies, movie and documentary
shows are organized and a number of gender sensitive plays are staged to
arouse general awareness about the day and lead to the empowerment of common