International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 every year. While many think of it as a European tradition, Women’s Day started in the United States in 1909. In 1980, President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week:  “… men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

Women’s Day has gained momentum recently. In 2011, 74 events were held nationwide in observance of the occasion. In 2012, 268 events were held. These numbers demonstrate the importance of Women’s Day as a time to honor women’s economic, political and social achievements.

Women’s Day is a time to express respect, appreciation and love. Around the world, people give flowers and other small gifts to Flower Powertheir mothers, wives, grandmothers and daughters, as well as coworkers, teachers and friends on Women’s Day.

Flowers, in their very nature, are a perfect companion to the wonderful ideas of Women’s Day. Honor, respect and love translate so beautifully with flowers. Their singular splendor and timeless connotations leave both the giver and receiver in a state of grace.

While Valentine’s Day has red roses, there is no particular flower or color that signifies Women’s Day. The flower type isn’t as important as the act. In its essence, Women’s Day is about the thought.

On March 8, send a bouquet of flowers to a special woman in your life and tell her how much you love and respect her. In addition to making her feel appreciated, you’ll also make her happy. Research proves it.

What kinds of flowers would you like to receive on International Women’s Day?