March 8 - International Women's Day. Like the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia this holiday is not celebrated as the Day of Solidarity for Women Struggling for Gender Equality.
The reason is… well, in fact there are many reasons. For instance, the lack of Mother’s Day as an official holiday. It has become a tradition to congratulate all women on this day, from little babies to elderly women, officially and with family. It is customary to give flowers, greeting cards and gifts to women, invite them to concerts, restaurants and cinemas. It is the day of all women. The celebration begins, like on Feb 23, one day before the official holiday – on Mar 7. Women are congratulated at work, and it is a reduced working day. Very often this holiday is celebrated at home with family or guests.