International Women’s Day is on March 8. Learn the history behind this touching feminist tradition.

March 07, 2018
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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.

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The history of IWD stretches back more than 100 years, when the day was first observed across Europe and America. But according to NPR, it wasn’t until March 8, 1946, that feminists in Italy chose the mimosa flower as a symbol of strength, sensibility and sensitivity.

Over the years, women and men alike have continued to give the gift of flowers to show their appreciation for the strong women in their lives. And although the mimosa flower has a special significance, it’s not the only flower given out. According to the New York Times, flower shops across Russia sell upwards of 150,000 roses on IWD.

If you're looking for an affordable way to honor the mom, wife, or daughter in your life this year, try arranging your own bouquet at home. 

(h/t EliteDaily)