Today is March 8th, which of course means it is Women’s Day in Poland.
Celebrated annually on the 8th of March, Women’s day was invented in the US in 1909. In Poland however, Women’s Day has long had an association with communism due to its post WW2 adoption by the communist government.
Despite this association, Women’s day is still very well recognized in the country and is noticeably more popular than Valentines day, which has only been celebrated in recent times (the nature of each of those days is very different of course).
Traditionally, the day sees women receive gifts such as flowers and chocolates, with tulips normally being the flower of choice.
Women’s day is as popular as ever, so don’t be surprised to see special promotions, offers and events today to mark the occasion. Some venues are even making it ‘Women’s Weekend’ by running promotions until Sunday.
The vast majority of these events are restaurant evenings, concerts and parties. Beyond that, Hello Poland are hosting a tour that takes in the sites where Wrocław’s most recognised women (including renowned climber Wanda Rutkiewicz and Oscar nominated actress Ida Kamińska) grew up.
Today the people behind 2016’s “Black Protest” are also inviting people to take part in a “Resistance Disco” during which women will “dance against hatred” next to the Capitol Theatre building.