Many people in Ukraine celebrate the International Women’s Day on 8th of March. This is a well established and beloved holiday among Ukrainians. We gathered some ideas on how to celebrate one of the most anticipated spring holidays in Kyiv.
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognized each year on March 8. It is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women's organizations, corporations and charities.
In recent years 8th of March has received a lot of negative publicity since some consider this holiday to be some sort of leftover from the Soviet era past. This idea is especially popular in the Western Ukraine, where many citizens don’t celebrate this holiday at all.
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However 8th of March has somewhat grow on almost all of generations of Ukrainians so many of them came up with an interesting rebranding idea of celebrating the coming of spring, awakening from winter hibernation and expressing gratitude to female part of the country’s population rather than honoring some long forgotten female proletarian movement.
The most coming thing to do on the 8th of March in Kyiv is to surprise all your female family members, friends, girlfriends, finances etc with flowers. To bring a special wow effect to the occasion - try to order a veggie or fruit bouquet. These have recently became very popular alternative to a conventional hip of flowers. Check out «Eva Esh’» and «Fruteria» for interesting vegetable and fruit compositions. Mind that orders will need to be placed way in advance due to the high demand floristic companies experience on the 8th of March eve.
And in the continuation of the flower theme, we suggest to arrange a special date at the museum with your sweetheart on the March of 8th. Museum of Western and Oriental Art in Kyiv will celebrate the arrival of spring with «Floral Kingdom», the most beautiful art exhibition of the year. Visitors will have a chance to discover the development of nineteenth-century European floral still-life painting and why it became so popular back in time. To experience the beauty of the floral extravaganza visit Khanenko Art Museum (Address: 17, Tereshchenkivska street, Kyiv).
Beautifully packed box of macarons, classic girly treat, can be a also a nice present on the March 8th. From classic flavors to oddball riffs, these top-notch Parisian cookies quickly conquered popularity among Kyiv dwellers. It looks like the capital of Ukraine has a particularly sweet spot saved for that pretty Parisian import, the macaron. Baked by the city’s best bakery spots, it won’t be difficult to find that perfect box of signature French cookies for your significant other. Such places as The Cake (5, Velyka Vasylkivska street, Kyiv) and Restaurant-bakery Paul (26, Yaroslaviv Val, Kyiv), Honey (Yaroslaviv Val street, Kyiv) offer great selection of flavors and themed packaging.
Hyatt Regency hotel in Kyiv will be hosting Ladies Day Brunch on March 8th, 2017. Enjoy a vast variety of delicacies from Asia and Europe, accompanied by live music. Indulge in an extensive buffet including a sushi station, a selection of fresh seafood, wok & grill stations and a variety of delicious desserts for any taste. Children can also enjoy themselves in our dedicated play area with their own buffet. As a special treat for the guests, Hyatt Regency Hotel is flying in Chef Bruno Santa Cruz to bring a taste of Peru to Kyiv. During the Brunch Chef will present the popular Peruvian appetizer - Ceviche.
For a festive night out we suggest to hit the B Hush bar at InterContinental Kyiv. On the International Women’s Day guests will have a chance to enjoy live music, exquisite Asian menu sets, signature drinks and breathtaking views of night Kyiv from the top floor.
For a no-fuss evening in a pleasant atmosphere with a well-mixed drink and good music tunes invite your girl to attend Amy Winehouse themed night at one of the Kyiv’s most popular bars Alchemist (12, Shota Rustavelli street, Kyiv). It’s a mixture of a neighborhood bar, a restaurant and a concert hall. It is believed that Alchemist serves the best drinks and cocktails in the city.
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The music is free, and the quality can be a little uneven, but it’s always a pleasure to discover an international and unpretentious alternative Kyiv music scene. Come early on, as the place gets packet pretty fast on special occasion days.
Photo source: shutterstock.com, pinterest.com, Alchemist Bar Facebook page, Intercontinental Kyiv web page.