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International Women's Day in Russia

Quick Facts

Many Russians pay tribute to women’s role in Russian society by celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.

Local names

NameLanguage
Восьмое мартаRussian
International Women's DayEnglish
Internationaler FrauentagGerman

International Women's Day 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014 – Observed date

International Women's Day 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015 – Observed date
List of dates for other years

International Women’s Day in Russia honors women’s achievements on March 8 each year.

International Women's Day celebrates the different roles that women have and their achievements in society.

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What do people do?

International Women’s Day is often celebrated among family or friends with a festive meal and drinks. Many women receive flowers, cards and other gifts on March 8. Many television programs pay tribute to achievements of famous Russian women from the past and the present.

Public life

International Women’s Day is a public holiday in Russia on March 8. Most banks, official buildings and educational institutions are closed on this day, although shops and kiosks usually stay open. Public transport may run less frequently than usual.

Background

Russian women first observed International Women’s Day on March 2, 1913. They held a demonstration in St Petersburg, which was then Russia’s capital, demanding the right to vote. On March 8, 1917 (February 23, 1917 of the then used Julian calendar), women organized another mass demonstration. Many historians believe this became the start of the Russian Revolution. The Russian Emperor Nicholas II stepped down from the throne four days after the demonstration, and the provisional government granted Russian women the right to vote.

International Women’s Day has been a national holiday in Russia since 1918. It became a non-labor day in 1965. International Women’s Day remained a public holiday in the Russia after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Today it is a holiday to honor motherhood, beauty, and spring. International Women’s Day is also celebrated in other countries around the world.

Symbols

Spring flowers, especially tulips and lilies of the valley, and images of a mother with a child are the most common symbols of International Women’s Day in Russia. These symbols often appear on postcards that men traditionally give women on March 8.

International Women's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonMar 81993International Women's DayNational holiday
TueMar 81994International Women's DayNational holiday
WedMar 81995International Women's DayNational holiday
FriMar 81996International Women's DayNational holiday
SatMar 81997International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 101997International Women's Day observedNational holiday
SunMar 81998International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 91998International Women's Day observedNational holiday
MonMar 81999International Women's DayNational holiday
WedMar 82000International Women's DayNational holiday
ThuMar 82001International Women's DayNational holiday
FriMar 82002International Women's DayNational holiday
SatMar 82003International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 102003International Women's Day observedNational holiday
MonMar 82004International Women's DayNational holiday
TueMar 82005International Women's DayNational holiday
WedMar 82006International Women's DayNational holiday
ThuMar 82007International Women's DayNational holiday
SatMar 82008International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 102008International Women's Day observedNational holiday
SunMar 82009International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 92009International Women's Day observedNational holiday
MonMar 82010International Women's DayNational holiday
TueMar 82011International Women's DayNational holiday
ThuMar 82012International Women's DayNational holiday
FriMar 82013International Women's DayNational holiday
SatMar 82014International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 102014International Women's Day observedNational holiday
SunMar 82015International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 92015International Women's Day observedNational holiday
TueMar 82016International Women's DayNational holiday
WedMar 82017International Women's DayNational holiday
ThuMar 82018International Women's DayNational holiday
FriMar 82019International Women's DayNational holiday
SunMar 82020International Women's DayNational holiday
MonMar 92020International Women's Day observedNational holiday

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