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CultureGrams: International Women’s Day (March 8)

Women in Kenya (photo via the CultureGrams Photo Gallery)

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 (this Wednesday) around the world. Learn how it’s observed in various countries from CultureGrams:

  • Burkina Faso: On International Women’s Day, official celebrations are held in cities. Many Burkinabè, especially women, dress up in a fabric designed each year for the event. People also celebrate by going to bars to drink, eat, and dance.
  • Kyrgyzstan: On International Women’s Day, men give gifts to the women in their lives, including grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, classmates, co-workers, and wives or girlfriends.
  • Mauritania: International Women’s Day is celebrated in each regional capital with a fair at which women’s cooperatives from the surrounding area display and sell their goods. A ceremony is held and includes speeches by government leaders. Many development organizations present awareness campaigns.
  • Ukraine: On International Women’s Day, everyone gets the day off work. Women receive flowers and gifts, as well as household help from their husbands. Special attention is paid to mothers, and girls are congratulated as future women.
  • Madagascar: International Women’s Day is celebrated across Madagascar, even in small villages. The day’s events typically include a gathering at the mayor’s office, where women’s groups perform traditional dances for the town’s officials in return for a small monetary gift. Women in the northeastern part of the island commonly wear matching blouses and lamba (long cotton wraps). They often make noise using whistles and condensed-milk cans fashioned into rattles.

Women in Voloina, Madagascar, celebrate International Women’s Day (photo via the CultureGrams Photo Gallery)

Learn more about holidays around the world from the Holidays section of World and Kids edition CultureGrams reports!

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Kyrgyzstan

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Kyrgyzstan Kids Edition Detail Map

Kyrgyzstan Kids Edition Detail Map


The new Kyrgyzstan report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Kyrgyzstan:

  • The term Kyrgyz is the Turkic word for “40” and refers to the 40 historical Kyrgyz tribes.
  • One of the reasons why the Great Wall of China was built was to keep out Kyrgyz warriors.
  • Kyrgyzstanis greatly respect bread, and leftover pieces are never thrown away or wasted.
  • To protect a newborn from evil spirits, the baby cannot be seen by anyone except family for the first 40 days after birth.

Find out about Nowruz  in Kyrgyzstan, discover common snack foods , and read about bargaining at bazaars all in this colorful new report.