International Women's Day, National holiday

8 March 2017
8-9 March 2018

International Women's Day, National holiday

On International Women’s Day, families gather to celebrate women in their lives. Women receive gifts of recognition, such as flowers, cards, chocolate and other gifts. Many Russian men take over household duties and give women a full day of rest. Offices and businesses are closed and companies give flowers or small gifts to female employees the day before the holiday. It is not uncommon for businesses to have a luncheon that includes champagne. There may also be concerts or live performances throughout Russia in celebration of women. On the Moscow subway system, congratulatory messages are broadcast throughout the day.