Special delivery: Happy “Festa delle Donne”

OK. Yes, technically I’m in France. But today is a special day in Italy. It’s Women’s Day. A day designated for the general appreciation of women. And the sign of this appreciation is the mimosa flower. Two weekends ago when we were in Liguria, I shot a quick picture of this ape full of mimosa by the street. The vendor was sitting out of sight, under the shade of an overhang. I set it aside for today. So, ladies, this is for you! Gentlemen, I need to research when your day is, and do something special for you as well. Stay tuned…

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9 Responses to Special delivery: Happy “Festa delle Donne”

  1. Mary McKinley says:

    Hi Charlotte:

    Good to know you’re happily ensconced in La Belle France! In fact, it’s *International* Women’s Day so most of the world celebrates it and, certainly, all of Europe. I’m wearing my special bracelet, given to all the female faculty today. The U.S. has rarely celebrated this 100 year old holiday because of its early association with uppity workers (read: Socialist) making outrageous demands like fair employment policies and votes for women.
    There is no Men’s Day because they’ve always had the other 364 🙂
    Ciao!

  2. Mary, thanks for the info. I had no idea it was international…is the mimosa the symbol everywhere or just in Italy? I’ve noticed nothing here…

    • Mary McKinley says:

      There are events all over the world : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

      The flowers tend to be whatever is likely to be available locally, of course. My Chinese colleague told me yesterday that they were always given a half-day off work and a movie ticket for the day. On TV last night there was a documentary of the men of the small town of Montresor, just north of here, taking over all the household and child-minding chores for the whole week so that all the women could have a holiday away by themselves. I’d take that over flowers any day!

      • Amazing. My husband helps me so much all the time…so I can do without flowers too. This is great, though. I love it. Mary, thanks for writing these comments. It’s exactly the kind of texture I want here. I’d also love it if you’d care to write some guest posts. Let me know.

  3. bagnidilucca says:

    We call mimosa – wattle – in Australia. I thought it was native to Australia and was surprised to see so much of it growing here. I am allergic to it and I sneeze if I go anywhere near it, which is a pity because it is so pretty.

  4. Wattle is not a very pretty name, is it? Makes me think of turkey necks. And, being allergic to it, perhaps you can rake in other gifts! Chocolates…good books…I can think of a long list.

  5. bagnidilucca says:

    I am married to an accountant who never remembers birthdays, anniversaries or days like International Womens’ day. I have learned to to worry about things like this. My life is very good, so gifts are not really necessary.I have never thought of wattle as an unattractive word, but mimosa does sound better.

  6. for me, every day is women’s day. surrounded by nature, a yard, blooms, blossoms, sky, air, all propped up with the daily bookends of warm, heartfelt kisses and hugs from my simply enthusiastically loving wife…..i’m lucky. can’t say enough about her…..or be with her enough.

    i’ve gotta go.

  7. Charlotte says:

    That is one LUCKY WOMAN, Ron. Yowza.

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