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What Means The International Women's Day For Russian Women.
   Approaching the March 8 - the international women's day. For the Russian women it is joyful and pleasant
day: two in one like Mother's day and Valentine's altogether. In Russia and other countries of former Soviet
Union it is a national holiday, and a day off. Women expect to receive greetings,
flowers and small gifts
from their husbands, sons and many other male persons. On this day cares for housework falls on the
shoulders of men. Husbands have to face plates, wash dishes, and go to the store for food.
On this day, even the traffic police officers do not impose a fine to women drivers using only oral remarks.
Very often, particularly in recent times, a woman at the wheel may receive flowers instead recovery from the
policeman! On this day, women in Russia can afford many things that they must not be permitted on the
other days. Women feel like a Queen!         
Woman with a bouquet of roses. The inscription in Russian: "Lovely women! Congratulations on the Day of March 8!"
On March 19, 1911 in Germany, Denmark, Austria, and some other European countries first international
women's day was held. This date was chosen by German women because, on that date in 1848, the
Prussian king, faced with a serious danger of armed uprising, had promised many reforms, including an
unfulfilled later one of rights to vote for women. A million leaflets calling for action on the votes were
distributed throughout Germany before  in 1911.
There is no doubt that the most memorable international women's day was held in Russian city Petrograd
(now St.Petersburg) in March 1917. Although women textile workers had been urged by the communist
activists to refrain from striking on international women's day. Despite persuasions women went to the
Formal occasion for a strike was that workers of the Putilov plant were locked out and  the women of
Petrograd began to storm the streets on March 7. The wives, daughters and mothers of soldiers, previously
as downtrodden and oppressed as prostitutes, demanded an end to their humiliation and angrily
denounced all the hungry suffering of the past three years from the World War I beginning. Gathering
strength and passion as they swept through the city over the next few days in food riots, political strikes and
demonstrations, these women in fact launched the first Russian Democratic revolution in 1917!
In Soviet Russia in times of the communist paranoia this holiday was celebrated exclusively of political
importance.  Holidays such as Mother's day and Valentine's were not celebrated.
Authorities attached different importance to a holiday than common people did. There was no one holiday
dedicated to woman. And gradually the day developed into a People's feast when the male population
surrounds women with honours and care. The day 8 of March is now increasingly referred as woman's day
or Spring Festival. Women jokingly regret that this day is only once a year. They are not against that would
warmth and affection of men continued throughout the whole year. It is true that women deserve it.
On December 14, 1825 in St. Petersburg on the Senate Square there was the first in the
history of Russia organized action of gentry revolutionaries against the tsarist autocracy
and tyranny. These were the senior officers of the tsarist army. The revolt was suppressed.
Five of its organizers were hanged, others were sent to hard labor in Siberia, demoted to the
ranks... Eleven wives of the Decembrists prisoners shared their Siberian exile of theirs own
free will.
Even careful reading of the ancient Russian chronicles makes sure: the initial centuries of
the Russian statehood (10th - 12th centuries) is closely associated with significant acts of
women. Among the founders of the ancient Russia capital Kiev the chronicle describes not
only the prince Kiy and his brothers, but also "their sister Lybed". The name of the Grand
Duchess Olga is mentioned whenever it comes to outstanding statesmen of the past. This
princess, who ruled Russia in 945-964 years, was dubbed the "wise" for her wisdom in the
"gathering of Russian lands", as well as for familiarizing Russian people to Christianity.
According to the well-known proverb, a Russian woman can stop a galloping horse, and
enter the burning hut.  Whether someone tested the truth of this adage - is not known, but
just one clear: Russian ladies combine so many wonderful qualities that the glory of this
has dispersed worldwide.
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