Every year on March 8, people around the world celebrate the women in their lives by observing International Women’s Day. In addition to shopping at women-owned businesses, and using the day to give money or resources to organizations that help women throughout the year, many people will also give flowers to the women in their lives on IWD.
IWD is a United Nations-sanctioned global holiday that aims to celebrate women’s contributions to society and raise awareness to the areas of society that need to improve to reach gender equality. Every year there is an official theme, but unofficially, many people use it as a day to remember all the women that have made an impact in their lives.
The history of IWD stretches back more than 100 years, when the day was first observed across Europe and America.
While flowers might have accompanied the annual celebrations in mostly socialist and communist countries on March 8, one the most widely-known recognitions of flowers symbolizing the day was in Italy following the end the World War II. On March 8, 1946, Italian feminists picked the mimosa flower as a symbol of strength, sensibility, and sensitivity, according to NPR. The versatility of the mimosa flower seemingly lends itself to the day’s goal of both celebrating women’s achievements while continually striving for gender equity.
“I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness. Because just like a rose is beautiful, so is a sunflower, so is a peony. I mean, all flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.”
Over a century later, the March 8 holiday is celebrated to the fullest extent around the globe as women are showered with flowers when both women and men give flowers to show their appreciation of the women in their lives on International Women’s Day, according to The New York Times. Flower shops in Russia tend to sell around 150,000 roses on International Women’s Day, which is equivalent to a month’s worth of sales, per the New York Times.
Not sure what flowers to give on International Women`s Day? Mimosa with its joyful yellow colour and sweet smell is the traditional flower given on March 8th, but other spring flowers and small plants are also popular. Single stem roses are popular gifts for men to give to women. And smaller succulents are popular for those generous souls who want to buy a small token for every woman in their office. If you still can`t decide, head over to Seasonal Flowers section at orchidya.com online store and choose the ones that speak to you!