Women’s Day Russia

Women’s Day Russia

International Women’s Day in Russia honors women’s achievements on March 8 each year.

Is International Women’s Day a Public Holiday?

International Women’s Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.


International Women’s Day is a national holiday in Russia.


What Do People Do?

International Women’s Day is often celebrated among family or friends with a festive meal and drinks. Many women receive flowers, cards and other gifts on March 8. Many television programs pay tribute to achievements of famous Russian women from the past and the present.

Public Life

International Women’s Day is a public holiday in Russia on March 8. Most banks, official buildings and educational institutions are closed on this day, although shops and kiosks usually stay open. Public transport may run less frequently than usual.


Russian women first observed International Women’s Day on March 2, 1913. They held a demonstration in St Petersburg, which was then Russia’s capital, demanding the right to vote. On March 8, 1917 (February 23, 1917 of the then used Julian calendar), women organized another mass demonstration. Many historians believe this became the start of the Russian Revolution. The Russian Emperor Nicholas II stepped down from the throne four days after the demonstration, and the provisional government granted Russian women the right to vote.

International Women’s Day has been a national holiday in Russia since 1918. It became a non-labor day in 1965. International Women’s Day remained a public holiday in the Russia after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Today it is a holiday to honor motherhood, beauty, and spring. International Women’s Day is also celebrated in other countries around the world.


Spring flowers, especially tulips and lilies of the valley, and images of a mother with a child are the most common symbols of International Women’s Day in Russia. These symbols often appear on postcards that men traditionally give women on March 8.

International Women’s Day Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2017 Wed 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2018 Thu 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2019 Fri 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2020 Sun 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2020 Mon 9 Mar Day off for International Women’s Day National holiday
2021 Mon 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2022 Tue 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2023 Wed 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2024 Fri 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2025 Sat 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2025 Mon 10 Mar Day off for International Women’s Day National holiday
2026 Sun 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
2026 Mon 9 Mar Day off for International Women’s Day National holiday
2027 Mon 8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday


While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.

Monday March 7th 2021 is a bridge holiday to create a long weekend. As compensation, Saturday March 5th will be a working day.

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When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th.

27 countries (mainly former Soviet republics) have adopted International Women’s Day as a national holiday, and it is widely observed in several others.

For most of the countries who observe this holiday, if it falls on a weekend, it will be moved to the following Monday. If it falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, several countries will bridge the holiday to the weekend by declaring an additional public holiday on the Monday or Friday – though often this is compensated for by making a Saturday a working day.

In China since 2014, women are entitled to a half-day holiday for Women’s Day. In Madagascar and Nepal, the day is also an official women-only holiday.

History of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was first established at the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conference in Copenhagen. German women’s rights activist and Marxist theorist Clara Zetkin was the one who tabled the idea.

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark celebrated the holiday for the first time on March 19th 1911, with the Soviet Union the first to make it a public holiday in 1917. The date of 8th March was adopted internationally in 1921.

In 1977, the United Nations declared 8th March as International Women’s Day, a day each year when the world should celebrate, recognize and remember women and the accomplishments they have made to society. Each year has a theme:

  • 2022: #BreakTheBias.
    Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.
  • 2021: Choose To Challenge
  • 2020: An equal world is an enabled world..
  • 2019: #BalanceforBetter;  a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
  • 2018: #PressforProgress


It is often said that the date chosen for International Women’s Day marks a mass protest that took place in New York on March 8th 1857, when women from sewing and shoe factories demonstrated for the same rights as men. Men had recently won a 10-hour workday, but women had been overlooked in the legislation and left on a 16-hour workday. As as a result, 8th March became a traditional day for regular demonstrations in the US and Europe.

However, recent reports have cast doubt on whether this event ever took place, with newspapers of the time not reporting any such march. Nevertheless, the protests are the reason that the United States celebrates National Women’s History Month in March.

Given how the holiday began in Russia, a more plausible source for the date is 1917 when Russian women marched to protest for ‘Bread and Peace’ on the last Sunday in February (which was March 8th in the Gregorian calendar in use in the rest of Europe). This march contributed to the Czar abdicating four days later and the new government granted women the right to vote. It would be three years later before women in the US had the same rights.

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What are the colours of International Women’s Day?

The official colours of International Women’s Day are purple, green and white. These originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK back in 1908, according to the International Women’s Day website. “Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept,” it states.

Other Women’s Days

The following countries observe a Woman’s Day as a public holiday, but don’t follow the March 8th date:


On April 17th, this holiday marks the appointment of the first female to the Government in Gabon.


On April 7th, Mozambique marks the anniversary of Josina Machel’s death in 1971. Josina was a key figure in the struggle for the emancipation of African women.

South Africa

The holiday commemorates the national march of women on August 9th 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the pass


This day commemorates the promulgation of a series of women’s rights that were established within the Code of Personal Status on August 13th 1956.

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Women’s Day in Russia

In Russia, Women’s Day is a significant and popular holiday. Its source in the events of 1917 that were part of the Russian revolution meant it was a holiday that was promoted by the Soviet regime.

The day first became a national holiday in 1965.

It is traditional on this holiday to present women with gifts and flowers to express appreciation for their work, love, and devotion. Across Russia, this public holiday is generally seen as a day to celebrate femininity, beauty and the oncoming spring season rather than a day for women’s and minority rights.

It can be regarded as mixing up elements of Mother’s Day combined with some aspects of Valentine’s Day. Indeed, sales of flowers on Women’s Day in Russia outstrip those on Valentine’s Day.

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