Many countries around the world celebrate women on March 8th each year. It's meant as a day to recognize how far women have come in an effort to be treated equally with men in the work place. It also brings to light that we are still not quite there.
In Vietnam, it is a National Holiday, and basically a REALLY BIG DEAL. We had a student assembly in which the women were serenaded and a few highlights from the suffrage movement were presented to the student body. It was a very nice assembly. Throughout the day, students brought me flowers and chocolate, and random men on the street wished me a happy Women's Day. Even my boss gave all the ladies flowers! Women's Day appears to be big in most of Asia, but it hasn't caught hold in America for some reason. Here in Vietnam, the day is bigger than Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. It was an interesting cultural event to witness, and I am glad the boys are exposed to such different traditions.