Happy International Women’s Day

We are back in Mongolia after our big vacation, and clearly I’ve been a little distracted and haven’t posted anything. Also, I started working at the public affairs office of the embassy, which is going great so far. I think it will be a way for me to get to know Mongolians and Mongolian culture better.

And in that vein, I’m understating more about International Women’s Day. It’s an official holiday in Mongolia, so we had a day off. The way it’s celebrated has a little bit of a feel of Mother’s Day, people acknowledge the importance of mothers and grandmothers, but it also honors all women. In general, “The tradition sees men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts,” and in our office this rang true: the lone man working in my section brought a cake for the women, and some men in the office organized for a giant cake and chocolates for all of the women in the office. A very sweet gesture that resulted in a sugar overload by the end of the day.

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