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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: Mauritania

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

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Mauritania:

  • Mauritania is almost 70 percent desert. The desert is actually growing due to frequent droughts (dry periods).
  • Mauritania was the last Saharan country to outlaw slavery (in 1981).
  • For years, most Mauritanians lived in traditional desert tents. Made from camel hide and lined with colorful fabric, these tents sheltered nomadic families as they traveled from place to place.
  • The population of Mauritania is young. The average age is just under 20 years old.

Find out about the Mauritanian season known as the Getna, discover the traditional drink zrig, and read about life as a kid in the city and in the country all in this colorful new report.

–Angie Thompson