The International Women's Day is a holiday of beauty, tenderness and feminity. Also it is known as “Mothers day”. People celebrate this holiday, as a holiday of love, kindness and beauty. Men give this day to the mothers, wives and daughters flowers and gifts with sincere wishes.
March 8th is an official public holiday inn Uzbekistan. This beautiful spring holiday is most often celebrated in the family circle with a festive meal. Another popular choice to celebrate March 8th is by visiting friends and relatives. Men and women give flowers, postcards with poetry, chocolate, and other pleasant gifts to their mothers, wives, grandmothers, sisters and daughters.
Some Uzbek men like to undertake all household duties on this day - starting with washing dishes and ending with cooking dinner and looking after children, so that women can enjoy a full day of rest.
Since the International Women's Day is a non-working day in Uzbekistan, office workers celebrate it just the day before the holiday. In companies and organizations, all women receive flowers and small memorable gifts from their male co-workers and, sometimes, from employers themselves. During the lunch break, it is common to have a small office party with cake and a glass of wine.
Popular Uzbek entertainers organize concerts and performances to create the festive mood on March 8th. The best singers and most talented actors perform on stage with songs and poems about love and beautiful women. However, very few Uzbeks celebrate the holiday by going to concerts, theaters or movies. The traditional way to celebrate is at home among friends and family.
It’s not required to buy an expensive gift to show that you care about a person. Many women will be pleased to receive a postcard with a poem and a few words of congratulations. Even if you are away from your wife, mother, grandmother or sister, you can always send her a postcard or write an email.
When Uzbeks want to congratulate someone with March 8th they say one of the following phrases:
"8-Mart bilan tabriklayman!" (I Congratulate you with March 8th!)
"Xalqaro xotin-qizlar bayrami bilan tabriklayman!" (I Congratulate you with International Women's Day!)