Buona Festa della Donna: Happy International Women’s Day!

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Wonder Woman by marie-ll on FlickrToday is March 8, a day to celebrate women around the world (except, ironically, in the United States where the whole thing started).

For more on how International Women’s Day is celebrated in Italy, read my post from last year: Love Thursday: Celebrating Women.

I couldn’t let the day pass without giving my fellow women some mimosa, the international symbol of the day. As I wrote last year, the mimosa around here blooms too early to still be around for La Festa della Donna, but this year, P thought ahead.

He brought me some mimosa for Valentine’s Day, climbing to the top of the tree (as told to me by witnesses) for what he insisted were the best, and now these are actually hanging to dry:

Mimosa for International Women’s Day/Festa delle Donne on Flickr

Yes, because I’m so classy, I displayed them in an old Brasilena bottle on the fireplace.

And why yes, that *is* a vase just behind them. I’m classy *and* a bit ironic apparently. And a lot paesana.

But don’t they just look at home in the bottle?

Happy International Women’s Day fellow women!

20 Beans of Wisdom to “Buona Festa della Donna: Happy International Women’s Day!”
  1. 03.08.2008

    Auguri! πŸ™‚

    Giulia’s last blog post..Murdered

    Thanks Giulia…auguri anche a te πŸ™‚

  2. 03.08.2008

    Happy International Women’s Day to you too! I have been disappointed by how low the coverage of today has been in Germany and in the UK. However, we can celebrate, can’t we?

    Charlotte’s last blog post..Tales from The Web: The Endorphin Edition

    Yeah it seems pretty low-key here too this year. Hmm….anyway, yes, we most certainly can celebrate πŸ™‚

  3. 03.08.2008

    How clueless am I? I didn’t even know mimosa was a flower! I do know it’s a tasty breakfast-friendly champagne concoction, though! πŸ™‚

    Stefanie’s last blog post..Five signs I am obviously 33 going on 63

    Well Stefanie, we all have our own “areas of knowledge” πŸ˜‰

  4. Carole D.

    Grazie Michelle e tanti auguri anche a te!
    I’m really enjoying your viaggio in Sicilia.
    I’m sure you saw more of Palermo that I ever have.
    Maybe, someday we could be there at the same time.

    P sure is a keeper, no?
    Keep on blogging bella…I may not comment spesso, ma
    I’m a faithful reader. Don’t you just love the mix of
    le parole? Okay, I better stop now…basta!

    Thanks Carole; don’t worry I know you’re still here, and hopefully we’ll get to meet up when you’re on this side of the pond, either on the mainland or in Sicily. And I’m a mixer of the languages too…so fun πŸ™‚

  5. Buona Festa della Donna to you too!
    We Italians sure do love our “festas”, don’t we? We have one for almost everything! πŸ˜‰

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy’s last blog post..Stuffed Eggplants With Meat From Arabesque

    Why yes we do celebrate a lot…aren’t we great? πŸ˜‰

  6. 03.08.2008

    The message from Stefanie is symbolic πŸ˜‰ If Stefanie comes from Germany I am not surprised πŸ˜† – I lived in Germany 4 years. My wife is Russian, that’s why she knows very good what a mimosa is.

    Hah! Actually Stefanie’s in the US, but she may have German origins…hmm….

  7. 03.08.2008

    Hi there:
    Happy IWD to you, too! I was born in Czech Republic so I know a lot about celebrating that day. Unfortunately, it was most celebrated during the communism, so I am not so excited about it. Back then, every woman would get a red carnation. I do not like carnations either. But it is a very nice holiday and I hope I will get over the “bad part” of it one day.

    Oh I’m sorry the day has such bad memories for you, but I can certainly see why you wouldn’t be fond of carnations. Celebrate with mimosa (the flower and the drink!) instead πŸ™‚

  8. 03.08.2008

    Love the irony:) Lovely mimosa…and thank you for the women’s day information.

    Glad you stopped by by blog and enjoyed the links. Stop by again anytime! As I will be by often to see what is happening in your world.

    organicsyes’s last blog post..Colors in my mind’s eye

    Thank *you* for coming by Susan; looking forward to getting to know you better πŸ™‚

  9. Lesley

    We visited Italy last October, and loved it! Thanks for hosting your party.


    Thanks for stopping by Lesley!

  10. 03.08.2008

    The mimosa is beautiful! Like Stefanie I was clueless and thought it only a yummy drink at brunch. Thanks for visiting my blog during this week of ultimate blog partying! And Happy International Women’s Day!

    Thanks Robin, and thanks for coming over. See there’s always something interesting around here πŸ˜‰

  11. Sher :)

    I think the mimosa are lovely and they look perfect in the Brasilena bottle!! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

    Sher :)’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party ~ 2008

    Thank you Sher, and thank *you* for coming over πŸ™‚

  12. Buona festa!

    I am a big fan of both types of mimosas. πŸ™‚

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..A very fun good-bye party

    Hee hee…hope you had a lovely day πŸ™‚

  13. gina

    What a beautiful concept.

    Couldn’t agree with you more Gina πŸ™‚

  14. 03.09.2008

    Happy Day to you!! I love the mimosa in the bottle. It has a look of these are so beautiful and special I grabbed the first thing I could reach, not delaying one momemt to have them on display. Plus they would not have shown as well in the vase in the backround.

    elizabeth’s last blog post..Just the idea of blogging is so cool

    Oh that’s a lovely observation Elizabeth, and just about true as well. It definitely was the first thing I grabbed and didn’t even think about the vase until I took the photo. Duh πŸ˜‰

  15. Gil

    Hope that you had a great day! Strange the greeting card (Hallmark) industry hasn’t brought the holiday to the US yet.

    Maybe there’s someone you can call Gil…get some residuals or something…and then retire in Italy!

  16. 03.09.2008

    Glad to see P thought ahead. Mimosas are cute, little yellow pom-poms, slighty Dr. Suessy!

    You and Joe have got me curious about this Brasilena stuff! I’m going to keep my eye out for it.

    mental mosaic’s last blog post..Italy’s Festa della Donna has American Roots

    The yellow thingees are awfully Dr. Suessy now that you mention it; could be why I enjoy them so! As for Brasilena, good luck finding it…it’s a native Calabrian product. Not quite D.O.P. but it should be πŸ˜‰

  17. 03.09.2008

    Augurioni anche a te gioia!
    da quanto tempo!!!
    ti mando un abbraccio forte d LA!

    Calabrisella’s last blog post..SEI CALABRESE SE…..

    Ciao bella! Grazie…now I have to go read this post of yours πŸ˜‰

  18. 03.10.2008

    Grazie mille, Sognatrice! Buona Festa della Donna anche e te!
    Un abbraccio e baci a te!

    Ciao, a presto!

    My Melange’s last blog post..The Ultimate Blog Party

    Look at you! The Italian is just rolling now…go girl!

  19. 03.10.2008

    I didn’t realize this originated in the US. We actually had to delay our trip to Kazakhstan to adopt last year because of this holiday. Nobody works for 3 days so we would not have had a driver or translator and the orphanage director was not working either. It’s not exactly my favorite holiday because of that. LOL!

    Kim’s last blog post..March 9th… Such a Great Date

    Yes, that would be a bad connotation…perhaps you can celebrate big next year to help wipe that from memory πŸ˜‰

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