International Women’s Day in the park, Khujand, Tajikistan, March 8, 2012
International Women’s Day is a national holiday in Tajikistan and fell on a Thursday this year. But attendance in David’s class on Wednesday and Friday was low, as many students went to their towns and villages for a long weekend. We celebrated Thursday by going to the park in the afternoon and to dinner at the apartment of one of David’s junior colleagues, Farhod. (See a later post)
At the park we saw lots of groups – families, boys, girls, young women, groups of friends. No one seemed to be alone. The temperature is still a bit nippy for the traditional women’s outfits, but we still saw lots of them, often peaking out from under coats. We’ve been told that for Navruz, later this month, and then thereafter we will see more of them as winter coats are shed.
Festivities included the amusement park rides, food, being seen and observing others.
I took the following photos using our small camera.