Today is International Women’s Day; I read the Wikipedia entry about it, but didn’t think much more of it; I assumed it was just an old communist holiday honoring female comrades. Actually, it turns out to be bigger than Valentines day here, and—according to my friends elsewhere in Eastern Europe and Central Asia—throughout the former USSR. Friends, relatives, and especially employers present every female acquaintance with a flower. As with other holidays, it is easy find these gifts, as nearly every little, old Baba hawks the holiday’s essential gift from a street corner near you.
So, to vast female readership, ;-) happy International Women’s Day!