8 MARCH – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
8 March – the International Day of Women’s Solidarity for their struggle to achieve economic, political and social equality. The decision to celebrate the International Women’s Day has been taken by the proposal of Clara Zetkin in the second International Conference of women socialists held in 1910 in Copenhagen. For the first time, this Day has been celebrated in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. It has been noted in Russia in 1913, in Azerbaijan – in 1917. Till 1914, this holiday was marked in various days. The tradition to celebrate the International Women’s Day came in the result of general agreement between women of Austria, Hungary, Russia, US and other States to deem it as the holiday.
Since those days, every country in the world is celebrating the 8th of March also as the Day of Solidarity and Struggle for Peace. March 8 has been announced as non-working holiday in 1965 in the Soviet Azerbaijan. After Azerbaijan has gained its independence, the 8th of March has retained its status of holiday.
Note: A new rule has been enacted from 2006 which stipulates that if the holiday is coinciding with a day-off, the next following day is deemed as a day-off.