Tuesday, 22 February 2011

feeding the defenders

It is a public holiday tomorrow - Defenders of the Fatherland Day - and today the women at work made lunch for the men in celebration.

In the Soviet period this was first called Red Army Day and then Soviet Army and Navy Day. Now the connection has been shifted from military valour to men in general, so it has become known generally as Men's Day. In some weird version of equality this is offered as a counterpoint to International Women's Day coming up on 8th March. Whilst women elsewhere in the world will campaign for equal rights on this day, in Russia the men give women flowers.  

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