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What’s So Unusual About March 8?! International Women’s Day Special!

8 March International Women's Day

Dear women (and men too),

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

MAY ALL YOUR SACRED DREAMS AND WISHES COME TRUE!

This holiday in Russia is often also called the Day of Spring, Love and Beauty. On this day women expect to be pampered. According to the survey, this year up to 10% of the spoiled Russian women expect to get a car for March 8. 😉

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I find that many people in the West simply don’t get the meaning of this holiday.

HERE’s the real truth! The holiday did start in the beginning of the 20th century as a women’s rights and anti-war political movement. However, in the USSR it eventually evolved as a day of spring, flowers, relaxation and the honoring of the sacred feminine by men (at the bottom click on links to my previous posts to find out more and to see more cool images). And that’s how it’s now largely celebrated in Russia, all of post-Soviet Space and the world.

Vintage Soviet March 8 Posters:

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‘March 8, International Women’s Day’

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The important thing Westerners often don’t get is that Russian women get to be honored, treated with the respect, love and tenderness all women and mothers deserve, while at the same time they get to pursue careers and success in life equal to men. There is no BS ‘equality’ fights in Russia. Equality stays where it belongs: in the career and business world. But at the same time a man would still open a door or pull a chair for a woman. If you can imagine (I know it’s very hard if you live in the USA), a woman in that case would graciously say thank you, and she would NOT punch a man in the face or file a sexual harassment lawsuit! A woman would NOT perceive the man’s gallant gesture as a sign of her being considered weak, but she would accept this as a sign of her being honored and respected.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a positive world like this everywhere!

March 8 in Russia usually inspires poetry. Lots of businesses and organizations put out special ‘Happy March 8’ posters, often with poetic good wishes for their female employees and/or friends and family. And it all rhymes!

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This one reads:

‘Our Lovely Women, let your spring be forever, let the brooks run, let all the world’s flowers blossom just for you. Let the last snow wind take away any troubles, let the snow melting  bring only happiness. May your sacred dreams and wishes come true! HAPPY MARCH 8!’ 

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This poster’s poem similarly wishes the end of any sorrows, and lots of love, joy, smiles and flowers. I am smiling just writing this 🙂

There are free concerts on streets and special concerts on TV, as well as major holiday programs in music halls on this day. Generally, Russians loooove their songs, concerts,  and various fairs and events. When I was searching for images for this post I came across a large number of announcements for March 8 concerts in the ex-republics, such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Latvia. It remains the holiday of choice in all those, despite attempts by the Latvian and Ukrainian authorities to ban it.

Russian children get it since they are little. Cutest Russian March 8 cartoon posters:

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 ‘March 8 – Congrats!’ – probably the most beloved Russian cartoon character, the sweet mystical animal Cheburashka, brings flowers and cake to the little squirrel girl. 

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 Little bear boy brings a barrel of honey to his girlfriend.

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And the cute March cats, of course 😉

March 8 is one of the coolest and most positive holidays, with lots of flowers and smiles. Tulips, mimosa, lily-of-the-valley, violets and lilac are the trademark flowers of this holiday. Men normally take over all the chores for the house, including cooking and cleaning, while women enjoy themselves. On this day husbands, boyfriends, fathers, sons, brothers and students honor their wives, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, mothers, grandmothers and female teachers. This is how I remember it growing up.

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The cake reads ‘Happy March 8’; the boy’s tee says, ‘Love my mom’; the man’s, ‘My wife’s the best.’ 

March 8 is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a national holiday in Russia and some other post-Soviet/Russian World countries. It’s also widely celebrated in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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If you celebrate, here’s another well-wishing March 8 poem! ‘May your life always blossom, may your children be happy and your home prosperous! Wishing you goodness, fortune & happiness!

If you live in a country where March 8 is not celebrated (that would be the Anglo-American world and a few others)…

Dear women, go pamper yourselves this weekend, celebrate YOU and the spring! Or get the men in your life to splurge on you!

Dear men, it’s a great idea to take the loved female(s) in your life out to a nice dinner this weekend, and/or buy her some nice flowers! If she asks what’s the occasion, you can say: ‘Spring is in the air!’ Or you can just tell the truth: ‘Lada says so,’ and show her this article! 😉

HAPPY MARCH 8!

Read these related articles, with lots more interesting stuff, wisdom and images you’ll love!

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BEAUTY & SWEETNESS Personified! More Spectacular Russian Christmas/New Year 2018-19 Videos!

A wonderful little video from a Mexican living in Moscow!

A beautiful video tour around New Year 2019 Moscow with Russian/Ukrainian girl. In Russian only, but images are spectacular and each is worth a 1000 words!

Christmas – New Year Moscow looks a million times (not joking) better than any world capital during the big holiday season! Sooooo worth visiting. In fact, Moscow has now become THE world’s No.1 Christmas – New Year destination!

BTW, have you ever tried the famous Moscow ice cream? Nothing compares to its delicious quality, take it from a non-ice cream fan, who tried it once at 5 and loved it ever since! Putin once brought a whole big box of the classic Moscow ice cream as a present for the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who fell in love with it during his Moscow visit. Moscow ice cream is so loved that people line up to buy it despite the winter cold, as shown on this video.

The video showcases the most beautifully decorated Moscow squares, GUM and more:

Christmas and New Year 2019: The Splendor of Royal Saint Petersburg

St Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital and a gorgeous imperial city of Russia in any season, any weather! Enjoy this splendid Christmas /New Year 2019 footage!

NOTE! I don’t like the word ‘nationalist’ in the title, no idea how it’s exactly nationalist, in the video author’s view. That said, this video is very lovely, made by a Brit or American.

 

How Russians Celebrate New Year 2019 – LIVE from Moscow

Live video from New Year Eve 2019 open air celebrations on Poklonnaya Gora, Moscow, Russia. Enjoy!

 

С Рождеством! Happy Orthodox Christmas: Spectacular Russian Christmas in Facts & Pics!

Russian Christmas is traditionally celebrated on January 7 and the Christmas Eve is January 6, due to the difference between the so-called ‘Gregorian’ vs. ‘Julian’ Calendars.

On January 13-14 Russians also love to celebrate ‘The Old New Year,’ a cute family and friends gathering tradition to commemorate the nostalgic ‘old calendar’ which was replaced with the Gregorian Calendar by Lenin in 1918. So, even though Russia lives by internationally accepted today Gregorian Calendar, Christmas continues being celebrated according to traditional Russian Church (Julian) calendar.

FORBIDDEN HISTORY & LINGUISTICS:

But did you know that that the supposedly ‘Latin’ word calendar is a lot more ancient than its Latinized version. Did you know that it’s actually a RUSSIAN word? It comes from two Russian word roots: kolo + dar. And you won’t believe how many other words in many different languages come from the same roots! What do these roots mean and how it all happened? The story is fascinating!

A lot is revealed in our FORBIDDEN HISTORY ​& FORGOTTEN ORIGINS Webinars! And I hope we talk more in 2019! 

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С Рождеством! 

Happy Russian Christmas!

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GREAT BALANCER WEEKLY: Happy February 23, The Day of the Russian Army and Defender of the Motherland!

GREAT BALANCER WEEKLY Marathon continues!

Hot Africa in Cool Siberia – Celebrating the Day of the Russian Army!

It is also known as the Day of the Defender (Protector) of the Motherland, or simply 23 Fevralia (February 23)

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Post card: Best wishes to Russian men, defenders of the Motherland, from Russian women: ‘Be wise, honest and courageous, don’t be afraid to love. I wish to you -and that’s important – to be a real man.’

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23 Fevralia postcard. Masha says Happy Russian Army Day to Medved’. From the hit Russian cartoon series Masha i Medved’ (Masha and the Bear).

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IT’S HOT TODAY IN SIBERIA! – 23 Fevralia (Feb 23), 2018, The Day of the Defender of the Motherland Parade in Omsk, Siberia. A regiment from Angola, dressed in Russian field uniforms, performs a sparkling African march-dance!

Putin – 23 Fevralia 2018 speech: Russian Officer Is A Real Mentor, A Demanding But Attentive “Father” And Commander:

Happy Day of the Protector of the Motherland!

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S 23 Fevralia! (Happy February 23)

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Russia: Men go to great lengths to make her smile on International Women’s Day

Every year between March 6 and 9, Russia turns into a huge and fragrant flower market. It smells like spring everywhere, even if the stubborn snow has neglected to melt just yet.

 

Remember my previous post: Happy March 8! Russian policeman stops vehicles to sing a love song to women drivers.

In that case it wasn’t an actual cop but Russian singer Yaroslav Sumishevsky, with his song. However, real policemen aren’t far behind. This is happening today in Kaliningrad, Russia. Actual traffic policemen stop women drivers to present them with flowers and March 8 gifts:

 

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

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Time for summer vacations! Crazy and wonderful Russian/Siberian pastimes

Just in time for summer vacations! Thought you’d all like!

New RT documentary, entitled: ‘My Crazy Russian Vlog: Weird & Wonderful Siberian Pastimes’

Where can you take to the snowy slopes in a bikini? Welcome to Russia! RT Doc’s Peter Scott explores some of the craziest things to do in Russia: from festivals on snowy mountains to a smash room ready to be destroyed. Nothing gets in the way of his madcap fun, not even a broken leg.

 

And here is another one! ‘Russian Daredevils: Adrenaline Rush On Top Of The World’

Meet young people who spend their free time climbing construction sites and towers and ignoring safety ropes – all in search of adrenaline. The higher they get, the better they feel. Their videos on YouTube get millions of views, horrifying parents and relatives while inspiring peers. They are called urban climbers, and they may be looking down on you.

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Dear Women! Happy #March8! Read my #InternationalWomensDay Compilation!

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Those of you who subscribe to Lada Ray Blog may have read my past articles about March 8, including history, lore, traditions and celebrations:

As always, Happy March 8, 2016, dear women (and men, too)!

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