Stories by WarmOven on Medium
Stories by WarmOven on Medium
Story of Pocket Monsters — POKEMON!
The ecstasy boomed as we share our bounty of the favorite character collections with our group of friends. With the popularization of any fictional content among people, the markets are buzzing with stickers, games, stationary, accessories and apparel related the particular characters.
One such all-time favorite of a lot of people around the world is the Pokémon series.
Created by Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori and Game Freak, Pokémon had its debut in the year 1996 in the form a game called as Pocket Monsters Red and Green. The term “Pocket Monsters” was shortened to be called as Pokémon. Satoshi Tajiri as a kid loved catching insects and tadpoles near his home in Tokyo. As he grew up, he had an idea of developing a game focused around catching fictional creatures which created the first Pokémon game. He teamed up with others to create a media franchise owned by the Pokémon Company, a Japanese Consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures.
Pokémon series first had its birth in Japan. The first Pokémon game series was released on February 27, 1996 titled Pokémon Red and Green versions which became a huge hit and fulfilled Tajiri’s dream. The game allowed people of different age groups to catch the Pokémon creatures, train them and make up an army; expert players were titled the Pokémon Masters. The first version of the game itself had 151 creatures collectively called as Pokémon.
The Pokémon Red and Green Series were followed by Pokémon Blue with increased graphics and sounds.
In October 1996, the concept was carried further by Media Factory in the form of a card trading game containing 102 cards.
The year 1997 featured an anime version of the characters along with 2 characters added into it — Pokémon trainer named Satoshi also known as Ash Ketchum and his rival named Shigeru also known as Gary Oak– which was based on the Blue version.
There are other series which were written later which revolved around Pokémon such as The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Pokémon Adventures, Pokémon Zensho and Pokémon Gotta Catch ’Em All.
A magazine called Pokémon Wonderland was published by Shogakukan in 1997 which had latest information of the franchise. Yumi Tsukirino authored a series of Pokémon named Magical Pokémon Journey which was mainly aimed towards girls. Stores specializing in selling Pokémon Merchandise opened up across Tokyo and New York.
The game spread to parts of America by the year 1998. Correspondingly, the Yellow version of Pokémon was released and movies featuring Pokémon were released in Japan.
The journey kept going on through the years in the form of various anime series, games, books, movies and a musical. Pokémon has now completed Six Generations and completed its Twentieth Anniversary as on February 27, 2016. New games titled Pokémon Sun and Moon were announced with the start of a newer generation on this occasion and are due to be released in November, 2016.
As the technology kept changing, so is the world of Pokémon as well. Looks like our favorite Pokémon will continue to make our lives exciting forever.
Originally published at https://www.warmoven.in/blog/story-of-pokemon.html on July 19, 2016.
Eid Ul Fitr!
The festival of Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and falls on the first day of the month “Shawwal”. It is the festival that is observed worldwide with great joy and fervor; the day when the Muslims worldwide break their chain of 29 or 30 dawn-to-dusk fast.
The holy month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of the crescent moon.
The fasts are welcomed with great enthusiasm. People devote themselves to worship all month.
The day begins before dawn by having their share of food for rest of the day which is called “Sehar”. The fast is broken towards end of the day just after sunset, called as “Iftaar”.
Breaking fast — Iftar
The month of Ramadan brings with itself the glory which is seen never throughout the year again. The streets remain filled up with shoppers trying to get the best clothes and accessories to celebrate the festival of Eid. Food hubs get crowded up by people wanting to get their share of the Ramadan delicacies.
Ramadan Street Food
Ramadan is not just about spending money for the self. It also has a set of rules which abide every Muslim to contribute a portion of his assets to the poor in either the form of financial assistance or materialistic assistance. The charity enables not just the rich to celebrate the festival, but even the poor to get their share of joy. Every Muslim must wear new clothes on the day, either rich or poor, and all men must go for the Eid salaat.
The day of Eid is also observed by the sighting of the crescent moon, as is done on the beginning of Ramadan. If the moon is not sighted, fasting extends for one more day after which the festival is observed. Its joy is more described by delighted faces of kids, all dressed up and waiting for their Eidi, by the lovely color of Mehandi spread on the hands of girls, the mouthwatering aroma of the delicious feast and the joyous faces of people when they greet each other with sweets and gifts. The specially prepared Sevaiyan (Sheer-Khurma) are a must to taste on the festival.
Kids receiving gifts
Sharing our joy and spreading happiness is a culture of our country. This Eid, WarmOven can help you spread the happiness & cheer with their cakes & cupcakes in festive colours & designs. Treat your friends & family on the occasion of the festival, gift them a cake or a box of cupcakes on the day of the festival to make their Eid special or just perk up a small Eid get together by adding our cake into your menu. Order with us and we will have your cakes baked especially by our expert chefs and delivered right on time to let your loved ones feel special this Eid.
Originally published at https://www.warmoven.in/blog/eid-mubarak.html on July 7, 2016.
The spirit of Football never goes down — be it playing on the street or tournaments in crowded stadiums or even foosball at the local pub the game excites every fan!
The game has got so many different forms across the world. Some folks don’t play the game but love watching and cheering in front of the TV.
Closer to home, it was played in India as a form of peasant game. The game got its turn in the form of a profession with the coming of the British.
The ongoing Euro 2016 is a prestigious Football tournament held every four years by Union of European Football Association (UEFA). It has 24 teams participating & is played across 10 European cities.
Watching the matches along with family & friends makes it more fun! When a favorite team wins, small celebrations begin at home. This season celebrate the Euro Cup at home with a theme cake!
WarmOven has a range of cakes & cupcakes for the Euro Cup! Keep up the football fever by ordering our special theme cakes or cupcakes for your Football night party. You could also gift a cake or a few cupcakes to a football fanatic friend on the occasion of his birthday falling in this season.
Choose from our designs or send us your own creative idea of a football themed cake. Simply pick up the phone and order with us. Get everything ready and gear up to watch your favorite team zoom into the finals!
And its a GOOOAAALLL!!!
Published by www.warmoven.in
Originally published at https://www.warmoven.in/blog/football-cakes.html on June 21, 2016
Women bounded in the responsibilities of life
In this modern world, women walk as tall as men in every sphere of life, may it be socially, economically or financially. They take lot many pains to keep themselves standing on their own feet and stay financially independent. The only aspect that slows them down in their tryst for success is when they have children. Many women tend to leave their jobs and stay at home once they have kids. Proper care and bringing up of their kids becomes the top priority then.
This long break leads them to lose their skills and confidence. Later, they never return back to their jobs and end up spending all their life as a homemaker. Although being a homemaker and looking after all needs of the family is a tough job too, these women have enormous potential to excel in many other fields. All their potential remains unused, which could otherwise be very much productive in various aspects.
Women generally take a break out of their career even before the child is born. They nurture the child and take care of its every need at least till the kid is old enough to be enrolled into a play home or a kindergarten school. After this break, which is about 3 to 4 years on the least, they go through a hard time finding jobs for themselves. Even if the women start working, they feel they are sacrificing their kid’s lives for a corporate career which makes it difficult for them to stay on the job. Staying away from their jobs for a long period keeps them away from advancements in the corporate world’s technologies & skills. Hence they get paid lesser as compared to ones who keep working continuously.
Short steps to fly high in the sky-
Once the kids grow up, the mothers can stay at home and take small steps towards building up their interests. They can do so even within the comfort of their home by activities such as cooking, baking, crafting, tailoring, candle-making, joining social welfare groups and so on. Cooking gives an opportunity for innovation in the kitchen and can be a good entrepreneurship option. Cooking involves a huge variety of cuisines and techniques. Expertise in cooking can be shared through various means like conducting cooking classes at home, authoring cookery books or taking up small catering orders.
Baking is another good option. Expertise in baking can help women put up a good homely business in the form of home bakers. There have been various success stories where women have been good entrepreneurs through a small homely business. Just a change in the setup of the kitchen, a few equipment and a set of licences is all that is takes to start your very own home bakery. You can take up individual baking orders or supply items to other shops or bakeries on a contract basis. This comes with a twin advantage of caring for your family as well as contributing your share in the family income.
We, at WarmOven, have raised ourselves to be successful through the constant and endless support of many women within the kitchen as well as the management team. They have always been a source of great inspiration and stand as the pillars of our organization. It is through their ideas & creativity that we have been able to transform ourselves from a simple next door bakery to professional online bakers. As a team, we always try to be better each day and set up new goals for ourselves.
Every woman has the potential to break free from the shackles of the society and reach the sky with flying colors. What’s needed is a bit of determination and hard work. Just don’t let anything in life stop you from achieving your goals and one day you will surely achieve them.
All the best, to all the young go-getter women out there!!!
Originally published at www.warmoven.in on March 4, 2016.
Every party, may it be a birthday party, an anniversary, a wedding or any other special moment, is incomplete without cakes. Every household orders cakes from their favorite cake shops for celebrating their moments of happiness. A lot of bakeries, both online and offline, have got their share into the baking market to cater to the increasing demand. Availability of cakes in unimaginable design and flavor combinations in the market provides us a huge variety to choose from. Also, the costs of these cakes have risen over the years.
How you can go about training yourself -
Many homemakers love making cakes at home but usually fail due to the lack of proper training and equipment. Baking is not very easy at the first go but can be learnt easily with a bit of effort. Once you learn it, you can just enjoy trying out varieties of cakes and designing them beautifully. Some of the basic points to keep in mind while baking are –
- Proper quantity or measurements of the ingredients -
Measurements are one of the most important thing to consider while baking cakes. Even small mistakes in quantity can lead to spoiling the cake. Refer a recipe when you try baking the first few times and use precise quantity of ingredients so that you get everything right.
- Quality of the ingredients –
The quality of the ingredients must also be good enough which can otherwise be a very good reason for causing your cake to spoil. Check if the flour, eggs and other ingredients used in baking are fresh & from reliable stores/brands.
- Equipment needed –
Proper mixing and aeration of the ingredients is needed to make the cake soft and fluffy in texture. Improper mixing may result in the cake getting stiff or hard. This mixing can be efficiently done by the use of hand blenders or electric beaters until you get the right consistency. When it comes to baking, ovens are mostly used. Some chefs and baking experts also provide ways to bake cakes in cookers. Both the ways involve you to monitor the complete process with care.
- Baking time and temperature –
The baking time and temperature both matter a lot. Over baking and under baking can both equally put all your hard work and time to a waste. If the temperature is too high or you put the cake into the oven for longer time than required, the cake burns from the outside and is rendered useless. If you choose a lesser cooking time, the cake may look done from the outside but may not be cooked on the inside. You need to prick the cake and check if it is done before deciding yourself. A raw cake is useless despite being well decorated.
Timer with Thermometer
There are also a lot many TV shows and videos across the Web which guide people in the process of learning baking. You can search the net or browse through sites like YouTube or Facebook to obtain baking videos from popular chefs. If you need some personal attention in the process of learning the skill, you can join any of the baking classes conducted across the city. These classes generally finish up a course of baking on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Some of the popular learning centers which conduct baking classes in Bangalore are Lavonne, Institute of Baking and Cake Art, Something’s Cooking Culinary Arts Pvt. Ltd and so on.
Certain households have some old secret recipes which have been passed through the generations. Such recipes can fare very well at the market. It can help you in starting up with a home bakery. Few women also have good expertise in baking which they learn by their own interests. This can also be helpful in setting up a good homely business.
Opportunities at hand-
Expertise in baking can help in opening the doors to success in various ways. Many homemakers who have exceptional potential in the field of cooking or baking just keep it restricted to the limits of their home. They keep themselves busy serving the needs of their family and never think of expanding their talent to do something exceptional. The women can pursue their interests and skills so that they can become independent and feel confident of themselves.
The women interested in baking can take up small baking orders from the nearby bakeries or coffee shops. All bakeries do not own well equipped kitchen. In such cases, they provide contracts to suppliers who do the baking of specific items for them while they do only the sales & marketing. The coffee shops also give out contracts for the popular items on their menu to certain good quality suppliers. Many malls and retail centers also sell out packed bakery goods which come from small localized industries. The food courts and stalls put up in industry, school and college canteens also demand a large quantity of baking items according to the interests of their varied audience.
Various baking products such as cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, pastries, themed cakes, cake pops, breads, flavored breads, breadsticks and so on have a good share in these markets. You can put up your share in the market by baking any of the good quality and tasty products which you feel you can do best. If your product is really good enough it will definitely have great demand in the market. This can help you grow and expand your interest as a business.
Utilizing the opportunities –
So now, you have the expertise in baking, you have a set of awesome recipes that you are good at, you have an idea of the markets where you can sell your products. The thing which is needed to get started are a well equipped kitchen, approvals needed to work as a professional baker and the presence of markets who get are ready to provide a selling platform for your products. You can convert your homely kitchen into a commercial one by adding in the equipment which you will need as a home baker (refrigerators, ovens, sinks, beaters, etc.) and by maintaining the quality standards.
Once you get the right setup, permits are required from the local authorities to run the business. These permits can be obtained by the successful verification of your kitchen by the authorities. More information can be obtained regarding this through the article on “How to Become a Home Baker”. The next thing to be done is grab a suitable market for the products. You may have to contact various stores to obtain the contracts from them. For this you need to really work hard at times and always have some of your baking specialty ready to enable the marketers to taste. You can also do some advertising online through various social media sites or write your own blogs. This will enable the customers to contact you directly in case you do not want to take up any contracts.
There are many ways to choose in every business. Choose the way that best pleases you and put down your path to success.
Originally published at www.warmoven.in on March 7, 2016.
We are now living in a world where people want things to be done in a jiffy. To facilitate this, a lot of options are available to get things done quicker. When it comes to ordering cakes, a number of online bakeries provide us with a variety of options. The convenience of ordering online and getting the product at home is unparalleled.
You can choose any one of them but the moment of truth is when you eat the cake. The proof of the cake is in the eating!! Many websites give you a lot of attractive options in design and pricing but an intelligent choice must be made. People just get convinced by looking at the pictures put up on the sites; expecting a lot more than should be expected. Once their order gets delivered to them, they find something wrong or missing which is undoubtedly going to ruin everything.
Most of these online cake shops don’t own a bakery, they have just partnered with small bakeries to deliver the cakes. Most of the online shopping portals provide their customers the choice of rating their products once they use it. These ratings help the portal improve on any of their shortcomings and also give an idea about the kind of service offered to the future customers of the product.
Alternatively, there are a set of other sites like Zomato which provide suggestions to the users about the services offered by a particular brand. These suggestions are uploaded by the people who already have experience of ordering online on these portals. Reviews are also available on Facebook in the form of user comments. You can just log on to the online bakery page on Facebook and look at their reviews to gauge if they are the best for you. Or you could simply hashtag a tweet on twitter to leave your opinion on the products. A person who wants to select the best from a range of available choices can just do some research through these reviews and settle on something that satisfies them.
A good service provider, may it be bakeries or other products, always strives to provide the best service possible to his customers and handle all their queries or complaints. Everything that looks attractive visually is not the best always. Just don’t get attracted to something by looking at offers or pricing. Always look for the best choice and make your special day more special.
Originally published at www.warmoven.in on February 29, 2016.
Cakes have always been the yummiest of all. It’s a dessert that is loved, relished and has a special space in every occasion. We have seen cakes in many different sizes, shapes, flavors, designs and combinations. Now what’s the Cake in a Jar?
Cakes are most often packed in board boxes and delivered to us. Then how different is a cake in a jar? Are these just a cake packed in a jar?
Baking cakes in different ways has always been up for experimentation by bakers through decades. The experiments have brought in a range of cakes and pastries with crazily different combination of flavors. One such experimental result is the Cake in a jar.
The cake in a jar tastes just like other cakes but are baked in small glass jars to ensure that the cakes last longer. Not just the taste, it adds up to the ease of storage, has a better shelf life & visual appeal too!
Cake in a jar is made by baking cakes in small glass jars and packing them up safely to ensure that the freshness of the cakes is kept locked. These cakes, if prepared properly, can last for several months at room temperature. Refrigerating them extends the duration further.
The very first thing needed to prepare a cake in a jar is of course, a jar! As every task has its set of rules, same goes for this as well. These cakes are usually prepared in small glass jars or mason jars. The jar used must be wide mouth and pint sized so that the baking is uniform.
The glass jars used must be free of dirt and fine chips on its surface and on the inside. They should be sterilized in boiling water to ensure proper cleaning. The lids used to seal these cakes must also be boiled to ensure a zero-bacteria package.
Once the jars are ready for baking, the desired cake’s batter is poured into the jars till the jar is half full. They are then placed into the oven in a water bath. The water bath ensures uniform baking along the bottom of the jar & the sides.
Once the preparation time is reached, check if the cakes are done by pricking a long toothpick into them. Cake in a jar is usually kept at a high temperature even after baking to ensure any germs present in the ingredients of the cake will be killed. When the jar is slightly warm, clean its sides with a cloth and securely seal the jars with their lids. The steam which gets locked into the jars keeps the cake soft and fresh even after a month of baking.
Now we know what the cake in a jar is. You must be curious enough to learn how to prepare this tasty dessert at home. Let’s rest this curiosity for the time you start baking them as here is a short recipe for making these yummy cakes.
Let’s start our little experimentation of the cake in a jar with the top preference of many — the all time favorite chocolate cake in a jar
2 cups All purpose flour (If using 2 cups of regular flour you would need 1 tsp of baking powder & a quarter tsp of baking soda)
1 cup Bars of bitter sweet cooking chocolate
4 Large eggs
4 tbsps Unsalted Butter
1 cup Sugar
Powdered sugar for dusting once the cakes are done
Few drops of Oil for greasing the jars.
Fresh Raspberries for garnish
Choose good enough jars for your cakes and sterilize them in boiling water for few minutes. Wipe the jars dry and keep aside. Also boil the lids to disinfect
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Make up a double boiler by placing a large glass bowl over a pot of boiling water.
Add the chocolate into the glass bowl on top and let it melt. Add the butter into it and mix until the mixture is smooth. Once it melts, remove from the flame and let it cool down a bit
Sift the flour so that no lumps are visible. (If using regular flour, add the baking powder & soda at this stage)
Separate out the egg whites and beat them well until stiff peaks form
Add the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl. Beat them together in a mixer until it becomes fluffy and creamy
Add ¼ cup of melted chocolate and butter mixture into the egg yolks. Mix the chocolate into the egg yolks well. Giving a good stir, continue pouring the melted chocolate into the mixture
Add the flour mixture into the egg & mix thoroughly
Add the beaten egg white mixture into the above prepared mixture and fold in gently
Pour in 4 to 5 table spoons of the cake batter into each jar such that the jar is just half full (you need to remember that the cake is going to rise) and place the jars a bit apart onto a baking tray containing water — that’s your water bath
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a nice crust is formed on its top. Check if the cakes are done by pricking a toothpick into them.
Once done, remove the jars from the oven and scoop or carve out the top layer if the cake has risen too much.
Dust them with powdered sugar or icing sugar.
Garnish with fresh raspberries and Voila! your Chocolate Cake in a Jar is ready.
Either choose to feast on the cake in a jar yourself when it cools down a bit or have it tightly packed to be sent as a gift to your loved one. The cake will definitely be a marvel for the one who tastes it.
We are sure this recipe would successfully add itself to your list of favorite desserts.
If you are not the kind that is into baking, nevertheless find the cake in a jar intriguing — do try out the cake in a jar options on offer from WarmOven. Below are a few of the cakes that are on our menu. However if you have a certain flavor in mind, WarmOven will be delighted to prepare it for you…yes…in a jar!!
Originally published at www.warmoven.in on June 15, 2016.
Every mother deserves honor and respect for all she does for her children. Although we do not thank our mother everyday for every pain she goes through and the sacrifices she makes, we can do so on a special day dedicated to them — Mother’s Day. This day honors the mother, motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in the society.
The day has no specific date of celebration although it is mostly celebrated in the months of March or May. The day is generally observed on different days in different parts of the world.
A daughter who strongly believed the fact that mothers are “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world” took up the initiative of setting up a day dedicated to honor her mother. Ann Reeves Jarvis, a passionate social activist, took up an active role in the caring and treatment of wounded soldiers of the American Civil War. She also formed a few Mother’s Day Work Clubs in the public interest.
Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, carried forward the work of her mother after her death in 1905. She also struggled to set aside a recognized day as Mother’s Day so that she could pay tribute to her mother and many other activists who accompanied her.
In 1908, Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at the St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The same Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
After a long struggle, in 1911, Mother’s Day was eventually observed all through the US. A few states also declared Mother’s Day as a local holiday. Since then, the day came to be celebrated every year on the second Sunday in May. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation declaring Mother’s Day as a national holiday.
Generally, chrysanthemum flower is gifted to mothers on Mother’s Day due to its seasonal availability and also due to the presence of the word “mum”, which signifies mother, at the end of it.
Diversity of Celebrations throughout the world –
- Mother’s Day celebrations were introduced in Egypt by a journalist Mustafa Amin in the year 1956. Most Arab countries carried forward the practice by celebrating Mother’s Day on the 21st of March every year.
- In Argentina, Mother’s Day was declared as an official holiday on 11 October commemorating the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since the Second Vatican Council which moved the festivity, Mother’s Day started to be observed on third Sunday of October.
- Australia celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on the special day was brought in by Janet Heyden. She began the tradition by gifting and supporting the lonely and left-aside mothers. Local school children and business persons helped Janet in her noble work.
- Mother’s Day is celebrated in Belgium, also on the second Sunday in May. Primary school children make small gifts for their mothers’ to honor and respect them. Also, the father buys croissants and cakes for the mother and presents these to her when she wakes up from the bed.
- China has traditional ethics associated with the day which says “respect for the elderly and filial piety towards parents”. It is a day where people remember poor mothers of the rural households and do their share of help for these poor mothers. Children present their mothers with bouquets of carnations on the day. Children also wash the feet of their mothers as a sign of respect for one’s elders.
- Mother’s Day celebrations started in France when it was crippled by its low birth rate. The mothers of large families were awarded in the efforts for anti-depopulation in the country. Another reason for the popularization of the Mother’s Day holiday was the presence of a large number of American World War I soldiers in France who used to send huge number of mails to America on the eve of Mother’s Day.
- In 1920’s, Germany had the lowest birthrate in Europe due to the participation of women in the labor market. At the same time, the people of Germany sought to respect their mothers but could not find a way to do so. In 1923, “Muttertag” or Mother’s Day was adopted as a holiday and is continued to be celebrated since the time.
- India has been celebrating Mother’s Day every year on the second Sunday of May. Although the day does not have any religious background, it is celebrated widely in urban areas with people gifting their mothers and motherly figures. However, many people still remain unaware of the day.
Not just the countries listed here, motherhood is honored and celebrated in every tradition and in every part of the world. In the earlier patriarchal society, the work of women was rarely noticed and many struggles were carried out to make it noticeable. As the times have changed now and equality has been induces among both the genders, the struggle of women to manage both the work and home both has been noticed and respected. Women are honored and awarded for many of their accomplishments in managing the households as well as setting up new heights for themselves at their place of work.
Lets all thank our mothers this Mother’s day for the love and care they provide us all our lives.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!!!
Have some fun with your friends this April Fool’s Day. Play a prank that they wont mind being part of since they get to eat a delicious cake at the end of it. Especially so, if it happens to be their birthday. Your pranks are limited only by your imagination Get it delivered by WarmOven at their office, home or even surprise them with a midnight delivery, anywhere in Bangalore.
Hey buddy, sending you a nice scotch and some butter. With a butterscotch cake!
Happy Birthday my Friend.
Love Chocolate? Play a prank with this gory death by chocolate
Whatever be the prank, the recipient will not mind. And we know, you just need a reason to let your loved one know that you are thinking about them. April Fool is a day as good as Valentines’s. You’ll agree for sure!
Originally published at www.warmoven.in on April 1, 2016.
WOMAN — God’s graceful yet versatile creation, takes so many forms all through her life. Once she is born, she strives to be the pride and honor of her parents, to excel in all aspects of her life. She is also a sister, being so much supportive to her brothers and sisters, trying to take up their responsibilities and covering up for their mistakes silently. As she moves further in life, she becomes a wife, leaving behind her family to be the better half of a person sometimes least known to her. Then she takes all the pains to give birth to her children, to bring them up well and help them to be successful in life. At every step, she sacrifices many of her wishes and interests for her family but she is rarely recognized or rewarded.
March 8, is celebrated as International Women’s Day — the day where we respect and honor every woman in our life for being there with us always, for being so much caring and supportive. It is a day where the achievements of a woman are celebrated specially, may it be social, economic, cultural or political.
International Women’s Day has been observed from as early as the 1900’s which marked the rise of radical ideologies and a demand for gender equality. It is celebrated worldwide as a means of accelerating gender parity and is supported widely by various governments, NGO’s, academic institutions and international organizations.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” said world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.
Gloria Steinem — Voice & face of feminism through the 60s & 70s
A glimpse from the past –
- In 1908, the rise in women’s oppression and inequality led to a march across the New York City demanding shorter work hours, better pay and voting rights.
1908 Women’s March NYC
- The first National Women’s Day was celebrated across the US on 28thFebruary, 1909 in accordance to a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
28th Feb 1909 — Working women’s claim
- In 1910, the second International Conference for Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of celebrating Woman’s Day worldwide on the same day. This idea was widely accepted and the first International Women’s Day was observed in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March, 1911. Around one million men and women took to the streets to support the cause and end discrimination.
1910 conference which saw 100 delegates from 17 countries
First International Women’s Day presented by socialist fighter for women’s rights — Clara Zetkin
- Russian women observed the first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February, 1913. Later it was transferred to March 8 in the year 1914 and has remained so globally since the time.
- Due to the death of over a 2 million soldiers in World War 1 in the year 1917, Russian women conducted a strike for “bread and peace” which continued for 4 days until they were granted the right to vote. This day was March 8 according to the Gregorian calendar.
1917 Russian women strike for “bread and peace”
- The United Nations recognized and celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time in 1975. In December 1977, a resolution was made to observe a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace on any day of the year by its Member States.
Inaugration ceremony at the UN in 1975
- An annual theme for Women’s Day was adopted by the United States since 1996. Some of the themes established year after year were “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future”, “Women at the Peace table”, “Women and Human Rights”, “World Free of Violence Against Women”, “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger”, “A Promise is a Promise — Time for Action to End Violence Against Women” and so on.
- The year 2011 saw the 100 year centenary of International Women’s Day. In United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges”. There were many other significant events marking the historic day all over the world.
Barack Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act on Women’s Day in 2013
Reflections to the present-
There have been enormous events worldwide to empower the women in our society. India has also seen much advancement along these times to grant equal rights to the women. All religious verses and inscriptions give women the ultimate respect and freedom even though the Indian society has been a patriarchal one. There have been many Goddesses who represent power, fearlessness and glory. Every house hold of India values the women and gives them the place to be the “Lakshmi” of the house, who beholds the wealth and well being of the family. International Women’s Day is celebrated in India and worldwide by conducting various events, meetings, rallies, fashion shows, etc. It is also declared as a government holiday in many countries all over the globe.
Vietnam office celebrations
Ladies Football club at Liverpool
All women band at London
Women bikers rally at Mumbai
People celebrate Women’s day by gifting the women in their lives anything ranging from a flowers to diamonds or expensive chocolates to exquisitely crafted cakes. School children too gift their female teachers with small gifts on the day.
Basket of Red Roses
Dark Chocolate Taj Mahal
Shoes & bag themed cupcakes
Cupcakes with Pink Frosting
So, this Woman’s Day why not make the women in your life feel special? It is time to thank your mother for helping you be what you are, for making your wife feel ‘she’ was the best decision you ever made, for telling your friends that they have always been a great support in your difficult times.
We at WarmOven celebrate womanhood and respect this gentle creation of God. This Woman’s Day we offer you a range of assorted cakes, cupcakes and chocolates dedicated specially for the day. Just let us know the way you want to say thanks to your special lady, and we will make the perfect cake for you. You need to simply pick up the phone and tell us what you have decided for the day, the time and place of delivery. And we will carve the perfect surprise which she will always remember.
Fashion themed cake
Champagne bottle to celebrate the special day
Cake with pink blossom flowers
Love You cupcakes
Red Heart Fondant Cake
White Heart Cake with Heart Motif border
Gift Box Cake
Red Fondant Heart Cake
Red Roses Cake
Ribbons & Roses Cake
White Polka Dot Cake
Frosted Cupcake with Heart Topper
Red Velvet Cake
Red Heart Cake
Never-go-wrong Butterscotch Cake
For the princess
Pink tiara cake
So, get some time off your daily routine and dedicate just one day of yours this year to the one who dedicates every day of her life to you.
Celebrating March 8th — International Women’s Day was last modified: March 1st, 2016 by Warm Oven
Originally published at www.warmoven.in on March 1, 2016.