Men's Day, Women's Day and Valentine's Day

2/23/2013 07:45:00 PM

Happy Men's Day everybody!

Valentine's day was about a week ago, and a lot of people asked me, "Do you guys celebrate Valentine's day out there?" Well, the short answer is, "Kind of." We do celebrate St. Valentine's day a bit, but not like Americans do.

First, let's talk about St. Valentine's day. The story goes that Valentine was jailed and later executed for marrying couples who weren't legally allowed to be married (which explains why the holiday is connected with love), and that he wrote a letter to the jailer's daughter before his execution, with the signature, "From your Valentine". (Hence the cards)

Nowadays, most people celebrate this holiday with flowers, candy, gifts, and fancy dinners. This is usually a pretty big holiday and one that you definitely shouldn't forget, at least in U.S. In Russia, a lot less people care about this holiday, probably because soon after there are some similar holidays that take it's place; Men's day and Women's day.

Men's Day, as it is commonly referred to is actually, "день защитника отечества" (Transliteration: Dyen zasheetneeka otechestva) which basically means, "Day of the Defenders of the Homeland/Fatherland". It falls on February 23rd. This holiday has been renamed several times and it is officially the day (as the name suggests) to celebrate people who served in the armed forces, but also serves as the unofficial counterpart to...

Women's Day, which falls on March 8th. This holiday also had a name change, originally being, "International Working Women's Day" According to Wikipedia, this holiday was first celebrated in the U.S. over 100 years ago! I don't know what happened between now and then, but I haven't seen anyone celebrating this holiday back home.

Both Men's Day and Women's Day are a kind of merge of Valentine's day and Mother's/Father's Day respectively, and these days are more celebrated than Valentine's day alone.

So, that's a bit of history of the holidays. I'll leave you with this (hopefully interesting) info and a picture of the gift my wife gave me in honor of this holiday.

My photo btw

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