The micro-finance organization that I’m working for – HUMO – has a very friendly, family-like feel around the office. Even though, it has over 120 employees (40+ of which are in the Dushanbe office) and everybody is very professional, they are not ones to let a holiday go by without a celebration.
Yesterday (depending when I post this) was February 23rd – Den’ Zashitelej Otechestva (Day of the Defenders of the Homeland … Soviet style).
Festivities begun even before you entered the office. When I got to the building, I was greeted by a boombox blasting the army songs of a Russian rock group – Lube:.
Inside, the men were treated to culinary delicacies. Although, personally, I’d prefer some shish-kebab or something a little more serious, I suppose that cupcakes are manly too… in their own way.
A few days prior to the holiday, the marketing specialist was walking around taking pictures of people. He claimed it was just to test the camera, but his plan was suddenly discovered in the lobby.
I think that the most ironic part about the day was that, as people were congratulating each other with the holiday, every time somebody approached me to wish me good fortunes, there was a slight pause before they did so. I suppose it’s understandeable – after all, the day celebrates the achievements of the Soviet army against the agressorts – America being one of them 🙂
Towards the end of the day, the staff gathered downstairs for some contests and games. For example, the ever-popular, “draw a perfect woman using nothing but squares, shapes and circles and we’ll tell you what kind of a person you are.” As you can see, we have some talented arti sts on staff.