Celebrating the International Women's Day in the Karabudakhkent District of Dagestan. Photo by the press service of the Karabudakhkent District

08 March 2021, 23:01

Celebrations in Northern Caucasus highlight outdated format of March 8 holiday

In Northern Caucasus, the authorities organized concerts and exhibitions dedicated to the International Women's Day. The traditional format of celebrating the March 8 holiday is no longer interesting, Dagestani journalists and bloggers point out.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that back in 2017, residents of Makhachkala called the celebration of the March 8 holiday a relic of the Soviet era. Residents of Kabardino-Balkaria, who on March 8 pay tribute to victims of the Balkar people deportation, note they would like to celebrate the Women's Day on another date.

Journalist Svetlana Anokhina says that she "would gladly attend an interesting action related to March 8," but she does not see such initiatives.

Maryam Alieva, an author of the blog "Maryam Goryanka" on Instagram, notes she is "absolutely indifferent" to the March 8 holiday and never celebrated it.

In the Caucasus, the people's attitudes towards celebrating the March 8 holiday differ greatly depending on the influence of the Russian and Soviet culture, anthropologist Sergey Arutyunov explains.

"The more pronounced the Muslim traditions are, the smaller roots the Women's Day has," emphasizes the professor at the Moscow State University (known as MSU).

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 8, 2021 at 04:29 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Rustam Djalilov; Source: CK correspondent

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