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Vesna for the International Women’s Day

March 4, 2013


Vesna, the goddess of spring and awakening is about to come to protect her people, especially women. When the ice begins to melt, she returns from the underworld announcing the death of winter. In the Slavic tradition, on the night of vernal equinox the gates of heaven open. The Russian peasants would stay on their fields all night, waiting for their bellowed goddess Vesna to come. They believed any wish they might ask for, would be granted at that moment. Placing bread and salt on a white cloth at dawn, they were calling Vesna to except their offerings.

Maybe this is the reason why celebrations of the International Women’s Day were so happily embraced in the Eastern Europe. After the Russian revolution, March 8 soon became an official holiday. In 1965 it was declared as a non-working day “in commemoration of the outstanding merits of Soviet women.” Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries of the former communist bloc. Even today, a custom persists to give flowers or chocolates on March 8 to mothers, grandmothers, daughters and girlfriends that are dear to you.


From → Hic Salta

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