Did you know that in Russia the idealized woman is the ballerina? She is considered a living sculpture, an accomplished and highly trained artist and that the most important holiday for Russian women is March 8? It is similar to Mother’s Day inthe U.S., except that all women in a man’s life are celebrated, from mothers to sweethearts to small girls.
This is the day when men pay all their attention to their beloved, their mothers, sisters, and daughters and some Russian men take on the women’s share of the housework that day as a sign of deep love and appreciation. Since March 8 falls on a Tuesday this year, both Monday and Tuesday are days off for Russians! Historically, March 8 has long been associated with women’s rights, beginning with a famous protest in New York on March 8, 1857. In Russia, the day was first celebrated as Women’s Day in St. Petersburg in 1913, but it did not become an official state holiday, and day off, until 1965. Most likely, however, the greatest historical significance of the date for Russians is as the date that Russian women first gained the right to vote: March 8, 1917, American women gained the right to vote three years later. This week we celebrate our Moscow Ballet ballerinas, audition directors, and all women on the Moscow Ballet team!
You can find a special gift for the women in your life at the Moscow Ballet store. Choose from logo-ed dancewear, Russian specialty items, CDs, DVDs and photos of young dancers too. And our gift of appreciation to you…all orders placed this week will receive a complimentary women’s charm bracelet!