As spring arrives in Armenia, the first major holiday is around the corner. Armenia is one of the many countries that celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. Marked as a public holiday, this is a non-working day in the country.
WHY IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IMPORTANT?
March 8th is of crucial importance to celebrate women’s rights and their role in society. It was first highlighted back in 1910 and later adopted by the United Nations in 1975 as International Women’s Day. Though still not so popular in some countries, March 8th is a big deal for Armenians.
HOW DO ARMENIANS CELEBRATE MARCH 8?
As the holiday marks the beginning of spring and freshness, March 8 is often associated with beauty, femininity, and flowers. On this day, women particularly receive attention from their male partners, family members, friends, coworkers, and even strangers.
If you are in the capital on March 8th, you will see young boys handing out flowers to women and girls on the streets, as part of the celebration activities organized by Yerevan Municipality.
Sometimes, the municipalities also organize concerts or live performances on the streets. Companies organize corporate gatherings, pubs and cafes organize parties and events, and restaurants are almost always fully booked.
It has also recently become a tradition for many women’s rights organizations and active groups to organize a march on this day. With this, they highlight the real purpose of the holiday – recognizing women’s rights and how far they have come throughout history.
Learn more about what is so special March 8 in Armenia visiting Caucasus Holidays.