Women’s Day

An international Women’s Day is a holiday which from the assumption is supposed to worship women, to pay specific homage to them for the motherhood, the devotion to the family and the ability for sacrifices. Get around by decades, today a little bit forgotten and moved away for west purchases, so, as Valentines or Halloween.

Women's Day in Poland

Mentality of Poles

In our Polish mentality such a feature is functioning that if anything is changing in the economy, the culture, history or customs, we are surrounding what it passed with pall of mystery and we are criticizing to all available ways. We aren’t able to appreciate the good side bygone, uncritically we claim that it is archaic, invented by the hostile camp, the certificate of former, worse times. It concerns many aspects of our life and also includes the Holiday of Women. A fashion for honouring everyone and everything ruled in socialist world. A Day of the Miner, the Mill Worker, the Nurse and all different possible professions was being get around. Also a Women’s Day which we associate with official carnation and pair of tights was being get around given by the manager of the production hall or the office purchased from the social fund. In our mentality still it is functioning as the socialist holiday.

Pink is a symbol of Polish Women's Day

There is no nothing more erroneous than associating the International Day of Women with the socialism. The Holiday began in America in 1909 and in ancient Rome Matronalia was already being get around, devoted to “Junonia” – patron of married women. The beginning of this holiday reaches 1857 when in New York women in the factory of cotton organised the strike and they demanded the early closing day and the same salary for the work that men received. A German socialist Klara Zetkin initiated the international Day of Women and this day they approved with resolution of the International Congress of Women of Socialists in Copenhagen in days of 26-28 August 1910. Two years later the custom travelled to Europe, at first to Austria and Denmark, then to Germany and Switzerland. The date on 8 March was accepted in 1922 as a keepsake of the wave of March women’s strikes in Sankt Petersburg in 1917. The International Day of Women turned up in our country after the war.

Women’s Day in Poland at present

In the 21st century in our country the attitude to the holiday will change diametrically. Of course there is a sizeable group of men which think around the flower for the wife, the mother, the daughter on that day isn’t for them a dishonour, but there is also a large group which will regard them as the socialist relic. The similar division exists amongst women. Feminists want with men different laws and the pay instead of flowers and formal celebrations. For the flower for Eva rather younger women are giving their opinion, till 25 years, older have the sceptical approach and less they are interested in it. Publicly the holiday is only being stressed by media as well as takes place so-called “Manifa” that is demonstration organised by the unofficial group named the Agreement of Women on 8 March. The manifestation is devoted to public themes, women’s rights or the health.



It is possible to assume that giving the flower on the occasion of the International Day of Women is a socialist relic but certainly gesture of the kindliness, the respect and loves aren’t such a relic. Since we are giving presents to Valentines, are we getting around the Day of the Boy, the Mother, the Father, the Grandmother and the Grandfather, why not to get around the Women’s Day? Pleasing oneself is joining people, is correcting relationships between them and is giving rise to the friendship but in the everyday chase we forget about small gestures of the kindliness. Every holiday can be a chance for such gestures, much less so, with traditions reaching ancient Rome.

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