International Women's Day
When I woke up this morning, I wanted to write about this topic... that damned saleswoman distracted me (see Happy Shopping).
So March 8 in Armenia has turned into a celebration similar to Valentine's Day where women expect gifts, chocolate and flowers from their male entourage (father, brother, uncle, boyfriend, husband, lover, employer, colleague, etc).
In reality, March 8 is a socialist holiday dedicated to honor the women's rights movement, which in itself assists in achieving universal suffrage for women. You can find very interesting historic details in the following links (especially in Wikipedia refering to Armenian traditions)
Following this important day is Mother's Day, which is on April 7 in Armenia. So, tradition has called for celebrating womanhood and all that is feminine for an entire month (March 8 to April 7). Only in recent years, with the development of consumer society, these holidays have become extremely commercial offering discounts and promotions anywhere one can think of.
Bari Marti ut.