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6 Ways to Celebrate International Women's Day

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Let Us Celebrate Women's Day With Pride

International Women's Day is a very special day for all women in the whole wide world, regardless of race, religion, nationality, or socioeconomic status.

In Western countries, the 8th of March has been observed as a public holiday or a common occasion that is similar to Mother's Day, where children of all ages give presents and flowers to their mothers, grandmothers, teachers, or aunts.

However, in Eastern countries, Women's Day is not widely observed as a special occasion.

Anyhow, women's groups in some Eastern countries still manage to spread the news about Women's Day by creating activities, organizing events, and letting our women know that the day is one to honour them because they deserve to be respected and appreciated for the struggle and fights they endure due to social injustice.

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Posters, speeches, and charity events are held to spread information around the world about the rights and endurance of women of all ages.

How to Celebrate Women's Day?

There are many ways to celebrate Women's Day, depending on your budget, feelings and whether the women or woman that you love know this day exists. I bet your grandmother doesn't know at all because mine gave me the answer, "Eh? What day did you say?" Here are some suggestions that I have gathered from my friends, and I hope that you will find them useful.

  1. Pot luck dinner: Give a call to all your friends or relatives, sisters and aunts. If you are planning to have a gathering with family members only, exclude your friends. Otherwise, they will find it very awkward to join in the happy event if they are not close to your family members. Each one of them has to bring a dish, dessert or main course to the decided location. It can be held in picnic places or at home. Enjoy each other company and chat about anything that you gals had spoken about before.
  2. Give a call: Do give a serious thought about the woman or women whom you would like to thank and why. It does not have to be your mom or grandmother. It can be your favorite teacher, best friend ( of course, it has to be a woman!), aunt, daughter, niece, girlfriend, wife or even your friendly neighbor. Give this special woman or women a call when she is free. Wish her a Happy Women's Day, and tell her why you think she is special to you. I am sure she will be surprised and thankful that someone appreciated her that much.
  3. Initiate an action or do something: Now, this depends on who this person is to you. If it is your mom, that's easy. Do part of her house chores without her knowledge. Surprise house chores will definitely make her happy. Since she has been doing all the house chores every day, while some nagging might occur, a day off is the best action for a hardworking mom. You can help her to wash the dishes after a meal without breaking any of the plates, sweep the floor or mop the floor without spilling the water all over, wash the laundry and hang them out (remember to peg them or the wind will blow the laundry off!) and maybe whip up a meal for the whole family without burning the main course.
  4. Write a poem: For your favorite teacher, write a poem to thank her for her guidance and advice. You don't have to think of those verses and grammar because you can copy and paste them from free poem websites. In addition, do give her a present, a cheap one will do if you are on a tight budget. She wouldn't mind as long she knows that you appreciated her. For your wife or girlfriend, search for a love poem which includes words of appreciation, love and her presence in your life. Copy and paste them into your handmade cards or a simple note and a handmade gift would be perfect. If you don't have a gift in mind, send an SMS to her handphone, email or leave a voice message instead. Sometimes, simple gestures work well and bring great results.
  5. Give charity: You can make a donation to Breast Cancer Organization, Women Abuse Centre, Old Folks Home or orphanage houses. In some places, such as post offices, shopping centres or public places, there is a box for certain charities located near to the information counter. You can make your donation there if you have spare change. A little effort means a lot to these people. You can also visit the above-mentioned places with your friends or family members. Bring along some food, clothes or daily necessities as part of your gesture to those unfortunate women, girls and old folks. Chat with them, and you will realize that we should be more grateful for what we have and appreciate our love ones, especially the women or woman of our lives.
  6. Give a Treat: Yes, give a treat to your special woman or women. You can have an afternoon tea in a cafe with her or them, or maybe invite her or them to your house and give a surprise with her favorite cookies or cake. You need to prepare the food in advance if you are planning to invite her or them or everything will be chaos. Freshly brewed tea and cookies with laughter over an afternoon tea gathering at home saves money and time and gives you more space to chat when all the chatters get louder. Afternoon tea in a cafe is only suitable for a couple or four people. Since you invited them to tea, you need to bring extra cash because you are the host. You can't expect them to go on Dutch ("Dutch" means to pay for your own meal or beverage).

So, here are some ways you can make this day a special one for a special woman in your life. Here's wishing all a happy Women's Day, and enjoy!

© 2012 peachy

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