La Festa Della Donna
On March 8, in Italy the yellow mimosa is given to all women to celebrate La Festa Della Donna. It is different than Mother’s Day where only mothers are celebrated. This includes all women, and even women give the mimosa to each other. It is an expression of female solidarity. Some say the tradition of giving the mimosa began in Rome after World War II. Men began giving the mimosa to their partners,co-workers, friends and family.
On this day, there is an all out effort to show kindness and caring for all women, and since yellow mimosa are blooming in Italy at this time of year, it was a natural choice. (I tried to find it in Iowa, but it’s not available!)
I had not realized that International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8 and acknowledged by the United Nations. To find all the international events, click here. The purpose of this day is to inspire and honor women. It is a day to celebrate women but was originally started to focus on women workers, and advancing women’s rights in the workforce, politics and society.
So, on Thursday, March 8, whether we give and receive mimosa or not, let us practice random acts of kindness to every woman we meet, including ourselves. Then continue the practice each and every day.
What will you do to celebrate? I am meeting a few friends for lunch and a few more for coffee. I will donate to the Wellness Initiative, dedicated to helping children of low-income youth stay healthy through yoga-based wellness classes. I was doing yoga while pregnant with my daughter, Grace, and she has done yoga since she was 5 years old. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Wellness Initiative. Any amount given is greatly appreciated.
Let me know how you celebrate National Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, and how you honor other women and yourselves.
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