|A female deputy to China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) from south China's Guangdong Province shows a blessing she received via text messages from the Guangdong delegation on International Women's Day, which falls annually on March 8. [Baidu Image]
On International Women's Day, female deputies to China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) from south China's Guangdong Province, all received a blessing via text message. In previous years, deputies had been offered tea parties or symposiums to celebrate the festival.
In order to promote thrift during China's "two sessions", the Guangdong delegation extended their wishes through SMS messages and e-cards rather than holding parties or banquets, as has been the practice in previous years, the Guagnzhou Daily reported.
Many female members shared their celebratory text messages on their Wechat accounts, a social networking application run by Tencent, and lots of their friends 'favorited' these messages and commented "Happy Women's Day!"
"I appreciate this form of sending blessings very much," said 'post-80s generation' deputy Xian Runxia, "Actually, female deputies are taken care of in the Guangdong Delegation, and there used to be a half-hour tea party after the panel discussion."
"The electronic pattern of extending wishes is frugal and considerate," said another deputy, Huang Xihua, "The staff, who have already been busy with the 'two sessions', no longer feel its necessary to prepare a celebration or a party."
Despite this year's Women's Day falling on a Saturday, it was just another normal working day for most female deputies and journalists covering the ongoing sessions. Some would attend symposiums to exchange ideas on how to address the most pressing social issues they focused on, and reporters rushed to the airport in the early morning to get the latest information of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
(Source: Guangzhou Daily/Translated by womenofchina.cn)