But still, women's day must be celebrated as are other holidays." From its official adoption in Soviet Russia following the Revolution in 1917, the holiday was predominantly celebrated in communist countries and by the communist movement worldwide.
It was celebrated by the communists in China from 1922.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949 the State Council proclaimed on December 23 that March 8 would be made an official holiday with women in China given a half-day off.
The United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day in the International Women's Year, 1975.
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.