Today Croatia celebrates International Women’s Day. March 8th is a global day celebrating social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
In different regions, the focus of celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards woration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
Started as a Socialist political event, the day blended cultures of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor and became just an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.
In Croatia, we congratulate to ladies by saying ‘Sretan Dan Zena’ (Happy Woman’s Day). You can buy them flowers, chocolates or take your favorite lady to a nice dinner. But the most important thing is to be kind to her, to help her with her duties, to be there for her, respect her and admire her… for the entire year. Not only today!