Link to CaucAsia Magazine - May 2008 - Gender & Holidays/Holydays





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CaucAsia Gender & Holidays/Holydays - Excerpts by WUNRN


*GEORGIA - By Nino Sukhiashvili


 I just hate holidays, Nelly says. Any holiday means hard labor for me. I am a

 housewife and can't have rest on a holiday. Holidays mean long and thorough

 housecleaning. After cleaning the house, I have to cook for a holiday dinner, while

 the rest of the family relaxes. Dirty dishes and drunk men is what you have to deal

 with after holiday parties. Luckily, Georgians now tend to mark weddings and other

 ceremonies at restaurants and special ritual halls.


*TAJIKISTAN - By Rano Bobojanova


 Holiday means meat for the dinner! Tajikistan Republic is one of the poorest countries

 of the post-Soviet bloc. According to statistics, 24.2% of women and 23.4% of men

 live on $1.00 per day. Women are 54% of the officially registered unemployed -

 men 46%. My neighbors and I do not really have any holidays. Self denial and

 patience are the principles for regular Tajik women. Holidays are possibly a time

 to enjoy life and have fun - at least for rich people. But, if you don't have money,

 holidays are more complicated for you.


 Many husbands work in Russia. We have meat only when our husbands return home

 from Russia, as once a year for a month.


*AZERBAIJAN - From Ekho Newspaper via Azerbaijan Gender Information Center


 International Family Day in Azerbaijan - The day was marked in old stereotypical

 traditions as with competitions for women in cooking and housekeeping.

 The sociologists expressed their fears, highlighting the problems Azerbaijani families

 face presently, as migration, absence of husbands working abroad, and more.

 Migrating husbands are gone for long periods, and may start new families abroad.

 Their long absences may cause family break-ups, sociologists said.


 *DENMARK - By Alma Bekturganova Andersen


  In Denmark, the immigrants held a special action on April 20. The march

  was organized by the World Culture Centre, Women's Forum and Mentor Service,

  a women's NGO. Women of 15 nationalities participated in the march. Our aim was

  to show society that we, the national minorities, are an active part of the country's

  women's movement.




 March is believed to be women's month in Japan. Japanese also celebrate the

 Girls' Holiday on March 3. According to the ancient Japanese traditions, on that day 

 noble families invited conjurers to pray for the family. A new tradition of exhibiting

 dolls appeared in the 18th century. The  ceramic dolls are generally exhibited on 

 special shelves in the home. The collection of dolls should pass from one generation

 to another. Parents buy a new collection of dolls each time a baby girl is born in

 the family.




 In France, Grandmother's Holiday is celebrated on the first Sunday of March. This

 holiday is designed for all women/grandmothers age 55 and older. The day is a

 chance for the younger generation to express their gratitude and to visit their 











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