Anahit Harutyunyan, who lives in the Geghard village
in Kotayk region, reminded her 11-year old daughter
Sona that she had to pick "snowdrops"
from a nearby field, the little girl got very
Sona remembered that the day was coming when
they take the flowers to Yerevan, and sell them
at a price greater than they usually get.
"On March 8 (the Day of Women) we bring
about 150 bunches of snowdrops and sell it with
Sona in the capital's streets. People buy it at
about 150-200 drams and leave satisfied,"
For many people such flowers are a cheap present,
even though on March 8 prices of flowers are artificially
increased. And they stay that way for a month,
till April 7, another holiday devoted to women.
"From March 8 till April 7 the one-month
holiday starts, when business of flower sellers
is going on rather well," says flower retailer
Gevorg Muradyan. "Often when we feel that
a higher price means nothing for a buyer, we use
a little cunning and raise the price. Anyway,
they are going to buy it."
Last year the National Assembly of Armenia added
March 8 as the International Day of Women, but
also kept April 7 as Mothers' and Beauty Day.
Armenian women and girls are proud of their advantage.
They officially get twice as much congratulations,
presents and flowers.
"This one month grants women with a full
feeling of happiness," says teacher Gayane
Babasyan. "These two holidays change a lot
of things in lives of our women. Today I feel
especially good. It seems that the day is simply
Naira Vardanyan works in the military unit as
a phone operator. She is very pleased with two
holidays devoted to women.
"We've been told there will be a bigger
surprise for us at April 7. And we will anticipate
it impatiently," she says.
holiday month is a chance for Armenian men to
show their love of women, a sentiment well-expressed
by accountant Albert Arakelyan: "Women are
everything to us. We don't exist without them.
The fair sex has to be given flowers 366 days
of the year."
And this year, those who failed at their duties
March 8, will get a chance to redeem themselves
a month later.
Flower sellers aren't complaining about the added
sales day, as they expect to earn from 3,000 drams
up to 25,000 drams (from about $5 to about $40)
for their bouquets.
Last Saturday (March 8) was the start of the
month-long tribute to women, when men such as
Robert Martirosyan express their feelings in blossoms
"On the days like these men must be more
caring and responsible," he says. "I
will give my wife this wonderful orchids' posy,
which says everything."
And in this hot election year, it seems the attention
to women, came just in time.
"I think the meaning of this relative break
is very important," says Armen Mkrtchyan,
who follow politics, but also likes the break
to honor women.
"Presidential and parliamentary elections
are separated with the period of time from March
8 to April 7. This is a convenient opportunity
His wife Elya Hakobyan is very happy: "The
air became so heated with politics that men absolutely
forgot about us. I was surprised when my husband
came home with flowers."