Festa della Donna

flowers in hand, mimosas given to ladies everywhere

We went out to dinner with our neighbors on Thursday night and all of the women at our table had these little yellow flowers with them.  As soon as I joined the group and took my seat, the waiter rushed over and gave me some the flowers.  One of the women told me that today was a holiday, although, none of us realized it because we still had to go to work.

Festa della Donna is a women’s day celebration.  Authorities don’t agree how or why, but the custom started in Italy, some sources say in Rome in 1946, of men giving their wives, mothers, daughters, and other women friends sprigs of bright yellow Mimosa flowers on March 8. –  It was a very nice surprise.