The power of flowers for International Women’s Day 2022

Why do people give flowers on Women's Day? Do they symbolize something, or is it just their beauty? Flowers are symbolic of both strength and expression, and as a gift, it's a sign of kindness and care that people show towards women. 

International Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8 March to recognize and celebrate women's successes, encourage every woman to thrive, and create awareness about gender equality. Every year there's a different theme like 2021 focused on "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", and this year it's about "Breaking the Bias". 

Apart from creating awareness and discussing the important issues, people like to show their appreciation for their employees or wives or mothers or sisters through gifts or flowers. 

Why are flowers part of the tradition?
This customary gesture or tradition of giving flowers dates back to the 1900s. Italian activists Rita Montagna and Teresa Mattei encouraged everyone to offer branches of mimosa flowers to other women as a sign of respect and support. In Ukraine and Italy, yellow mimosas are considered the symbol for International Women's Day. 

It slowly became a customary gesture in several parts of the world like Russia, where bosses present roses to female employees, students to their teachers, or children to their mothers. 

Which flowers do people give?
Today, one can consider gifting purple tulips or white snowdrops as purple, white, and green represent the colors of this day since 1908. It originated at the Women's Political and Social Union in the UK. Purple color signifies justice and dignity, green showcases hope, and white for purity. 

1. Tulips
The perfect flower bouquet for all the women who care too much or always put others' needs first.

2. Daffodils 
This flower arrangement is ideal for every inspiring woman whose words leave people speechless. 

3. Roses 
Roses are a symbol of courage, like many confident and daring women. 

4. Sunflower 
Many women grow up to be sweet and sensitive. This cheerful bouquet will represent their compassionate nature and bring warmth to their hearts. 

Also, along with giving flowers which is a sign of respect and appreciation, certain polite and appreciative words go a long way. This day is a yearly step to remind people how far we've come from 15,000 women marching for equal pay and voting rights to today, creating awareness about gender equality. 

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