It’s like Christmas all over again. At 4pm last night the Metro was packed, the buses were worse and the traffic was awful. Apparently everyone had finished work early ready to start the 3-day-weekend as the 8th March is Women’s Day.
I, on the other hand, was on my way to an English class on the other side of the city and didn’t enjoy standing, squashed on public transport for an hour that much. At least it wasn’t a real class – I met three girls in a café for a ‘real-life-chat’.
We chatted about school, music, films, food and boys.. and they took photos with me. And gave me chocolate for the 8th March ❤ I like this day already.
The other crazy thing I noticed on the ‘8th March Eve’ were the pop-up-sales of flowers which appeared all over the city. All of these cars were parked near to Metro stations with signs on them, and flowers in the boot. It’s not like there was a shortage of flowers, as there are always flower shops open every 2 blocks, and at every exit of the Metro.
This is also the first time I’ve felt ‘culture shock’ being in Russia. What is the etiquette on this day?! What do I say when people wish me a Happy 8th March?! And am I supposed to buy presents for people??? I’m not quite sure!
Russian women have been celebrating this day since 1913 but it became an official holiday in 1965. The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”
Well I’m going shopping today to buy some just-in-case presents, have a relaxing three day break, and celebrate with some drinks tonight, and ballet tomorrow 🙂