International Women`s Day in Georgia

March 8

International Women's Day is one of the most popular public holidays in Georgia.

The first Women's Day was organized in 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America. After women gained the right to vote in Soviet Russia in 1917, the event was declared a national holiday. In the late 1960s, the holiday was adopted by the Western feminist movement, and the United Nations recognized International Women's Day in 1977.

International Women's Day has remained a vital celebration even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and today is celebrated globally. However, in many post-soviet countries such as Georgia, Poland and Mongolia, the holiday has a particularly celebratory dimension. Men are expected to shower every woman they know with flowers, gifts and compliments. Companies often organize special events for their female employees, and feasts are held throughout the day. The event is marked with concerts, artistic performances, public speeches and elaborate toasts.