March 8th is International Women's Day, which has been celebrated officially since the dawn of the Communist era in the 1940s when it was popular throughout the Soviet bloc as a means of paying tribute to women's role in society and their fight for equal economic and social rights.
We asked Zornica, our Accounts Director, how it would be celebrated in her home country of Bulgaria.
Women's Day is a big celebration in Bulgaria for any woman, be they mothers, grandmothers, teachers, single ladies or hot shot business women.
In Bulgaria Women's Day was first celebrated on March 8th by small groups of socialists in 1911. In 1915 it was celebrated publically for the first time but did not became officially recognised as a holiday until after 1944 when the Communists seized control. Originally during Communism some factories and businesses celebrated the role of women in Bulgarian cultural, scientific, production and social life.
After 1960 it became a much more festive event. Women's Day is respected by all including men who are obliged to give flowers to every woman in their life and this doesn't just mean mothers, wives and daughters but business colleagues and friends. Indeed, this day is the one day of the year where the streets of every town, city and village are full with flower vendors.