On March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, Italian’s celebrate La Festa della Donna (The Day of Woman) by giving each other yellow flowers from the Mimosa Tree. This tradition started after the end of WWII when men presented their mothers and wives with these flowers as thanks for their support during the war. Mimosas were chosen as a symbol of the day by Italian feminist activists Rita Montagnana and Teresa Mattei because they have a beautiful scent and bloom around the end of February, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
La Festa della Donna is recognized as a mix between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day in Italy. March 8 was chosen by the Union of Italian Women as the day for this national holiday for two significant world occasions, both occurring on March 8. The first was the 1908 women garment workers strike in New York and the second was the St. Petersburg, Russia women’s demonstration against the war in 1917.
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Buona Festa della Donna!
Written by OSIA National Office Intern, Carol Cummings. Cummings is a senior at American University, majoring in print journalism, with a minor in Italian.