Puri (Odisha) [India], Mar 8 (ANI): Renowned sand artists extended greetings on the occasion of International Women's Day on Friday.
"Give Me Wings of Freedom to Fly High" - read a message carved out on a 12 feet high sand sculpture at Puri beach, created by renowned sand artist ManasSahoo.
Sahoo says the sculpture depicts brave, courageous and fearless modern women.
International sand artist and Padma Shri awardee Sudarshan Pattnaik too made a sand sculpture with a message "Think equal, Built smart, Innovate for change".
International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights.
After the Socialist Party of America organised a Women's Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference suggested a Women's Day be held annually.
After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. (ANI)