International Women’s Day in Ukraine is a fully-fledged celebration, accompanied by an annual holiday and bundles of flowers. It not only commemorates the fight for rights, but is also a chance to express deep respect for women everywhere. If you happen to be in Ukraine on March 8, check out these tips on how to celebrate it.
Order flowers for your Mum and Granny
Spring flowers are a key element of International Women’s Day. Whether it’s a bouquet of tulips, snowdrops, mimosa or all mixed together, they are sure to bring a smile on the face of your Mum, Granny, sister or beloved. In the midst of dull and snowy winter weather, the bright colours help bring joy and create a festive atmosphere. Don’t forget to order the flowers beforehand though, as it’s usually really crowded at the florists.
Be generous with compliments
In Ukraine, March, 8 is a day of ultimate leisure for women: they relax, receive congratulations, flowers and compliments. It is kind of an unwritten rule to say nice things, either with a heartwarming speech at the celebratory dinner, or just unexpectedly to remind them of your love and tender feelings. However, Ukrainians know that it’s not the only day of the year when we should be sincere and kind to women.
Serve coffee and breakfast in bed
Though it’s a tender gesture at any time of year, serving coffee and breakfast in bed is another integral attribute of this particular holiday. Be creative: make French toast in a form of a heart, decorate a tray with fruit, flowers and sweets or simply cook her favourite dish. Making an effort with the little things always makes everyone happy.
As International Women’s Day is an official holiday in Ukraine, locals indulge in leisure options such as going shopping. To tie in with the holiday, a number of stores, shopping malls and showrooms, especially those of Ukrainian fashion designers, have special offers and discounts for women – some even serve champagne in the fitting rooms or give personal shopper services for free.
Create a homemade greeting card
Nothing makes a better gift than one crafted by your own fair hand. In every Ukrainian school and kindergarten, children observe tradition and make greeting cards for International Women’s Day. These mementoes are usually decorated with colourful cardboard, paper flowers and bright ribbons, which together with a spring bouquet and breakfast in bed, are a great way to surprise your favourite women.
Spend the day with your family
Ukrainians are known for their generous hospitality and cheerful disposition – most celebrations here are usually held in the family and friends circle, and International Women’s Day is no exception. March, 8 is a day of joyous fun and inspiration. Many prefer to escape to their favourite destinations within the borders of Ukraine (Kiev, Lviv or Odessa) to enjoy themselves. It’s a great opportunity to switch off mobile phones and to share precious time with loved ones.
Book a restaurant
If you have already ordered flowers and made a greeting card, there’s still one more thing to do – book a restaurant. The majority of venues in Ukraine often have special menus, gifts and compliments to their female guests on this day. If you’re in Kiev, check out modern Ukrainian cuisine Barvy, which offers live music, delicious treats from the chef and barman, and a romantic atmosphere.