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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

International Women's Day

Today is a holiday here... International Women's Day. Someone told me it's a United Nations holiday. I never knew the U.N. had holidays, let alone any countries that would celebrate them. There are two international holidays that I know are celebrated here... International Women's Day and International Children's Day. For International Women's Day here most of the ladies at work get half the day off and the company gets them all discount coupons for one of the local theatres, so they can all go watch a movie if they want.

I searched through the U.N.'s website, and I finally found information about this holiday. Now I know why they celebrate it here in China and in the U.N., but not in the U.S... (excerpts from U.N. Website):

1909 - In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February.

1910 - The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character,...

The United Nations celebrating socialist holidays? Hard to imagine, huh?


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