Buona Festa della Donna!
If you anywhere in Italy this week, including Venice, over the past few days you would have seen street vendors and florist shops selling small bunches of the yellow mimosa for Festa della Donna. March 8 is International Women's Day, a day which commemorates the 129 women who died in a factory fire in Chicago in 1908. The day also commemorates a strike by women garment workers on March 8, 1857 in New York which prompted the first women's union. The mimosa is given as a sign of solidarity and respect for women.
When I first came to Italy I remembered being very curious about all the mimosas, as I had never seen this in the US. I don't remember ever knowing about this special day. I know about Mother's day, but had not ever been introduced to International Day of Women, and I'd worked all my life too.
But here in Italy, it's a huge deal. That I had never heard of this day bothered me enough to start doing a little research, and discovered that while the day has been celebrated around the world for over 100 years it has not yet gained that kind of attention in the US.
Seems like this is the perfect opportunity for another Hallmark occasion. I'm going to need all of you in the US to chime in on whether this has become a bigger event in the US since I've been here. Are all you ladies getting bunches of mimosas today? We are in Venice.
Buona Festa della Donna to all of you, wherever you are in the world. I'm sending virtual mimoas.