Thursday, March 8, 2007

Festa delle Donne!


International womens day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Italy. The mimosa (shown above) is the symbol of the festa delle donne in many cultures as is given as a gift to women on 8th March. The mimosa has been the symbol of 8th march since it was used in 1946 by the UDI (Unione Donne Italiane) when preparing for the first festa delle donne after the war.

The origins of this much celebrated day are some what unclear. Some say it was started in Copenhagen in 1910, others in St. Petersburg in 1917. Whichever the reason we celebrate, the festa delle donne is a day to give thanks for all that women do in the world and a day to reflect on discriminations and violent against them.

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