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8th of March – both bread and roses

You know how every year when the 8th of March comes around we are all reminded that it is the day of the women and that we should be extra attentive with our spouses, (girl)friends, mothers, sisters etc. ? It’s the day of the women. Some feminists will object that every day should be the women’s day; some chauvinists will argue that men are due to have their own day, and so on.

 

Still, few people will stop and think about what this day is actually about. Seeing how we are not most people, but are very inquisitive by nature, we were curious enough to go into the origin of the holiday and to find out that it was about two things : bread and roses. So, this :

 

 

And this :

 

 

Thing is, this day used to be known not as the International Women’s Day, but the International Working Women’s Day. It is the day that celebrates the right of women to work and be independent, to earn their own living. To symbolize that, the women of yesteryear demanded not only roses (as the sign of affection) but also bread, as the sign of life sustenance. They would not settle with roses – they wanted their own bread as well, and the right to earn it honestly. There is another way of interpreting this too ; that women not only require bread (as the basic life sustenance) but roses as well, meaning that they need to have the adequate working and living conditions, their own dignity and s certain level of comfort. You be the judge which comes first.

 

So as you can see, it is a rather important event in the history of human rights. It was on the 8th of March 1917 that the women textile workers of Petrograd started large scale demonstrations that would give momentum to the October revolution that happened later that year. Much later, in 1975, the United Nations recognized this day as the International Women’s Day. After the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, all things even remotely resembling communism were ousted, so nowadays we tend to remember that version (from 1975) rather than the original one. Still, we need to remember that this day was fought and won by the working women, and that is what we are here to remember.

 

 

 

this could be a woman loading a loaf of bread into an oven

 

So in order to honor this day as best as we can, here is a couple of photos of our local bakeries and florists. This is also to honor and commemorate all of our female guides as well as all of our female guests, hard working women from all over the world. Today is your day – may you be showered with both bread and roses :).

 

 

 

much symbolism