Today we got an email from the mucky-mucks in the home office on the east coast. It was the regular announcement of monthly holidays and which offices would be closed for said holidays. Yes, we need to be reminded. Shut up. There are more offices all over the world than you can count on two hands. And each one recognizes its own holidays. From today’s email:
Now wouldn’t you think since it’s called “International Women’s Day” that ALL the offices should be closed? Of course they should!
However as the email advises in a footnote, International Women’s Day is actually a Russian holiday! Not international at all! Curses! Reading a little further, we find that it can be “regarded as the equivalent of Mother’s Day” complete with gifts and flowers.
WTF?! Russia gets Mother’s Day off y’all! Two days off for Mother’s Day! That’s messed up.
What do we get in the Seattle office? We get to wear jeans tomorrow to celebrate Leap Year.
I. Kid. You. Not.
*International Women’s Day is a national holiday celebrated inRussia since 1913 on the eve of World War I campaigning for peace. In 1917, on the last Sunday in February, Russian women began to strike for “bread and peace” in response to the deaths of over two million Russian soldiers. The strike continued for four more days until the Czar was forced to abdicate. The provisional government then granted women the right to vote. This holiday was first declared as a non-working day inRussia in 1965. It now celebrates women and their political, economic and social achievements. It is tradition on this holiday to present women with gifts and flowers to express appreciation for their work, love and devotion. It can be regarded as the equivalent of Mother’s Day.