Women’s Day as we all know is commemorated internationally to acknowledge the efforts put in by women and to appreciate them for the same. The day celebrates the existence of each woman. Moreover, this day helps us realize the progressions made by the ladies in the respective fields and aim to credit for the same on a global level. But while we do so, it is important to know some of the major things about International Women’s Day. And the following information will help you know more about the origin and importance of this day:
First Women’s Day Celebration
This day was originally known as International Working Women’s Day. And it was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York. This was done after 15,000 workers of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union including immigrants, marched through the city’s lower east side in order to demand social and political rights in 1908. Thus, to appreciate the efforts of the Union this day was celebrated as Women’s Day.
First International Women’s Day
The first Women’s Day that had been celebrated on an international level was held on March 8, 1914, i.e., five years after its origin. This day was chosen because it was a Sunday which meant that most of the working women could also be a part of this celebration. They could participate in several events and marches involved in the celebration.
Women’s Day Declared as a National Holiday
One of the biggest achievements was when Women’s Day was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union in 1917. This day was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and a communist country until it was adopted by the United Nations in 1977. And since the year 1996, the United Nations has assigned a theme to every International Women’s Day.
The Importance of Women’s Day
According to the United Nations, Women’s Day is “a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether linguistic, ethnic, national, cultural, economic or political. It is time to look back on the past struggles and accomplishments of women. This day is an occasion to look ahead to the untouched potential of the women and opportunities that await future generations of women.”
Women’s Day has surely come a long way and now it is celebrated in almost every country as an official holiday. Some of such countries include Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Zambia. In some countries, this day serves as a national holiday for ‘women only’ like China, Madagascar, and Nepal.
Women’s Day Today
Women’s Day today is one of the most celebrated days. Most of the people like to spend this day with their mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives. Like any other festival, this day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. And in order to express love and respect to all the important ladies in their lives, people present gifts, greeting cards, women’s day cakes and flowers. There are also some exclusive gifts for women’s day that are specially made for this day.
We hope that this information will help you understand the importance of this day in a much better way and celebrate it with an enhanced zeal.