International Womens Day
Celebrated on March 8th all over the world, International Womens Day is observed more carefully in Poland than in most countries. This is due to Polands legacy behind the Iron Curtain. On May 8 1965 in Moscow, Women's Day was declared as a non-working holiday in the USSR "in commemoration of outstanding merits of the Soviet women in the defense of their Motherland during the Great Patriotic War. In line with their comrades in the East Polish officials pushed the event, and women could expect to receive flowers, presents and all manner of door-holding-open and doffing of caps during the course of the day. These days opinion is mixed as to whether the holiday is a charming celebration of femininity in all its wondrous forms, or a Communist dinosaur which should be patriotically boycotted. Opinion decided normally by the persons gender of course. Anyhow if you are meeting up with that girl you met in Manana the night before, drop by Plac Solny first and pick up a bouquet from the open-air stalls.