Did you know that they celebrate Valentine’s Day is Russia? They do, they also have another wonderful holiday, which is typically celebrated with romantic gestures and gifts such as flowers, candlelight dinners and beautiful heart-themed jewelry. The holiday is called International Women’s Day. Learn more about this special day by reading a few fun facts below.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a public holiday in Russia. Most financial institutions, official buildings and educational institutions are closed on this day, though most shops and kiosks stay open to accommodate those last-minute shoppers. Public transport may run less frequently than usual but it still runs on this day.

When is International Women’s Day Celebrated?

National Women’s Day is celebrated in the spring on March 8th.

How did International Women’s Day Get Started?

International Women’s Day was originally called International Working Women’s Day. In 1913 Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Saturday in February (by Julian calendar then used in Russia). The Russian holiday celebrates all women, including mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and girlfriends.

How is International Women’s Day Honored in Russia?

This holiday is most often celebrated in the family circle with a celebratory meal and champagne. Another popular choice to celebrate is by visiting friends. Men and women give flowers, poetry, chocolate, and other gifts to their mothers, wives, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. Some Russian men like to undertake all household duties on this day (we like this idea so that women can enjoy a full day of rest.

What kinds of gifts do people share on International Women’s Day?

For International Women’s Day, flowers are the most popular gift choice. Candy and chocolate are the next popular choice, as are perfume and cosmetics. Other gift choices include jewelry, cut glass, or any other gift that will please the woman. Here’s a list of items we think would be wonderful to give to your special someone on International Women’s Day:

Classic Butterscotch Amber Heart Pendant – simple yet elegant, this is a wonderful gift to give your special someone.

See Through Heart Box – A great gift to store jewelry, photo, or a love letter!

Betty Boop Nesting Doll – Makes a unique gift and is hand-crafted for that special person.

Red Hot Lips Trinket Box – This sparkling red lips trinket box would be a wonderful gift for International Women’s, or any other day!

To celebrate this holiday, be sure to check out all of The Russian’s Store’s wonderful collection of unique gifts to give your loved one!

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