Today is the Blessed Virgin's Day, a celebration of angelic greeting, the conception of Jesus Christ. A rich day with meaningful meaning – the Hungarian name demonstrates that it has a prominent role not only in the liturgical life of the church. But this time I want to talk about another layer of the day, almost forgotten, which has traditionally made this celebrated date a woman's day by celebrating femininity and motherhood. In the old Hungarian tradition, 25th of March was the day of the Blessed Virgin's Blessed Woman! At that time, it was clear that girls, women, and women were greeted and celebrated on this day. Only the labor movement and then the bloodthirsty XX. The 20th century changed almost everything. Nowadays, however, we are slowly coming to the point that the idea of femininity is still more closely related to motherhood and not to the point of equality, not exactly politically correct.
When we greet family members on March 8 with bouquets of flowers or bring a single flower to our colleagues at work, we may not even think about what it is all about. I do not intend to recall here all the events, all the actors involved in the history of International Women's Day, beginning with the March 8, 1857 demonstration in New York. But whatever we examine in more detail about the evolution of March 8th, somehow we always get to the labor movement, comrades and especially comrades, militant women's equality, and ultimately Marxism and communism.
When we look at the persons, for example, Clara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburg's leftist communist comrade, who emigrated to the Soviet Union at the end of her life, emerged as the first person to promote International (because it is all international!) In 1911. But even if that wasn't the case, everyone would have to think that in 1948, for the first time in Hungary, this day was officially celebrated by Rákosi. Yes, then. It is utterly misleading and euphemizing that some organs, even when it comes to International Women's Day, still say that 1914 was the first Women's Day on 8 March. It was not even a national or compulsory holiday at that time. It's just that rude events were held at the initiative of various women's (workers') movements. At that time, there were still dozens of centuries-old folk traditions associated with the Christian tradition and the Blessed Virgin's Day.
It is useless to say, to appease our conscience from the outset of the regime change, that International Women's Day has cast aside the laborist, socialist nature of labor, which is simply not true. The origin of a holiday (think of our most important Christian holiday) is always important, its meaning. In the XX. The loud descendants of the twentieth-century invaders do not hide all of this on Women's Day. In a sense, one could take the example of the Communists. They had abolished everything that would have referred to the essence of Christian holidays, God, Jesus Christ or Virgin Mary. This is how Christ's birth, Christmas became a pine tree holiday, and that is why Easter, with its extremely rich symbolism and complexity, was sought to be watered and drunk on Monday (“The tractor, the plow, comrade, comrade, can I water?”).
So, today, March 25, congratulate the girls, the women and the women! And let us hope that sooner or later we will only return to our original feasts, stripping them of their laborist or Americanized meaning.