March 8th is International Women’s day and in Moldova it is a national holiday and is a day to celebrate the women in your life. The school and most other businesses closed on that day as well as March 9th. People continual asked me if we celebrated it in the US and while I know that it is becoming more known, most Americans celebrate it as a day for Women’s rights and it is about marches and awareness building of the issues women face. Which I strongly believe is necessary; however, in Moldova it is a day (week) of love and appreciation. The days leading up to it and a few days after, were filled with celebrations and having random people wishing me “Congratulations!”. (A little odd at first but loads of fun to hear and say to others.)
On Sunday March 4th, the Mayor’s office of my village held a concert to celebrate Women’s Day. Some of the children from the kindergarten, some of the children from Centrul comunitar „Unitate” and the local vocal ensemble, Datina, performed. It is always a delight to hear the music of the village.
The children of Centrul comunitar „Unitate” performed for their mothers, grandmothers aunts, and sisters and gave them cards that they had made.
The cards are so beautiful; here are just a few of them.
The teachers and the staff of school celebrated the day together for the first time. We had a small masa together and each woman received a bouquet of a rose and stalks of pussy willow, which is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring.
And finally, I received a plant from Unitate and from my host father.