Buon International Women’s Day!

To all my fellow females, Happy International Women’s Day!

Far be it from me to speculate as to why this worldwide holiday isn’t celebrated the United States, but I assure you, here in Italy, it’s a big deal.

It’s called la Festa della Donna, and it’s the day when women of all ages are honored with dinners, girls’ nights out, auguri, and, of course, flowers–in particular, the exploding-with-joy yellow mimosa, the international symbol of the day.

We have a few mimosa trees in the piazza here and normally they’re in bloom just in time for March 8, but this year’s mild winter had them full of yellow in January, and so now, sadly there are no more mimosa.

But I thought ahead so I could give all of my favorite women (you’re one if you’re reading this!) a little love for this International Women’s Day, so I snapped this photo on January 20:

Now for you fellas that are reading: you have some appreciating to do!

W le donne!

29 Beans of Wisdom to “Buon International Women’s Day!”
  1. PastorMac's Ann

    I appreciate you Sognatrice.

    Thank you for the flowers!

    Happy LT & International Women’s Day! I hope your day is wonderful and full of love.

  2. Cynthia Rae

    No mimosas? Ours are in full bloom now! I guess it has been a little warmmer down your way.

    Just wanted to stop in and wish you a very happy Woman’s Day!


  3. Judith in Umbria

    If you were closer I would invite you along to our dinner tonight, where I am to meet three new to me women. Maybe next year I should drive down there and celebrate us in a brighter place? And I want Cyndi to come, too.

  4. Jennifer

    Thanks! I love your pictures. They brighten my dreary mountain days.

  5. meredith

    Happy love Thursday and International Women’s Day.

  6. Ambra Celeste

    Happy International Women’s day to you too! Have a lovely day!!!

  7. Sharon

    Great tree….
    They are celebrating here in Sicily but it is a strange way to celebrate women. I wonder what went wrong…shall I say dinner and a strip show? Am I getting too old to think this is all wrong?

  8. Michellanea

    Happy women’s day Sognatrice! I was going to blog about this very thing this morning but didn’t have time. Everyone always asks why we don’t celebrate in the U.S. when it supposedly started as a way to remember women who died in a sweatshop fire in America. What I do know is that if we celebrated in the U.S., it would include being treated like a princess all day (breakfast in bed, hello) and not be about going to eat pizza and see a strip show with the girls! What’s up with that? My mother-in-law has to make dinner for her husband before she can go eat pizza with the amiche. Of course she’s happy to do it but doesn’t that defeat the point? Eek!

  9. bella

    We celebrate March 8th too! Happy Int. Women’s day to you too.

  10. J.Doe

    Happy Woman’s Day.

  11. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    Happy women’s day. I think it should be celebrated in the United States but everyday. 🙂

  12. Wendy

    Happy Women’s Day to you too! I agree, it should be celebrated in the states or at least in my house! Beautiful picture!

  13. goodthomas

    Every day, every day should be la Festa della Donna. All women but a few in particular. I am a lucky guy and I know it, every day.

    Have a wonderful International Women’s Day.

  14. -R-

    I have never heard of this holiday, but it is going on my calendar now! I want some flowers too!

  15. Tabitha

    This picture is beautiful – something about yellow blossoms. Also, thanks for the information. I am off to tell everyone that I know.

  16. Casey Klahn

    My compliments!

  17. Ninotchka

    I LOVE that holiday!

  18. Karen

    Strangely, it is “celebrated” in Canada – but usually just in the newspapers and within federal government buildings (where I am when I’m not on maternity leave). Sounds much better in Italy. I’d like to see it spread properly here. Happy Woman’s Day!

  19. deputyswife

    Happy Love Thursday…

    I loved reading your posts!

  20. katerinafiore

    Happy Love Thursday and WOMEN’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!

    una bacione

  21. Paolo


  22. Bongga Mom

    Thisi s the first I’ve heard about Intl Womens Day, thanks for enlightening me! Sounds like a holiday we should all celebrate.

  23. blackpurl

    thanks for stopping by my blog and for celebrating women’s day with me! I have spent the past two summers in Italy and loved it… I hope to visit again with my family!

  24. 03.08.2010

    Hi Michelle, they do not celebrate this day in the UK either. 🙁 I think the Italians have lots of wonderful celebrations, they enjoy life, and too right. Wonderful Italia!

    We hardly celebrate anything in the UK, it is not a very good country for this. They are also a very greedy country. Easter cannot be celebrated properly or Christmas. Easter eggs have been in the shops for weeks and weeks.. Where is the joy in this, how is it teaching the younger generations. My grandchildren do not get eggs from me. I buy them a book each and a little chocolate.

    The more I learn of the UK, the more it sounds like America…hmm….

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