8 March – Women’s Day in Italy

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Did you know that in Italy for Women’s Day women receive mimosa flowers? But why? Learn more about Women’s Day in Italy and Italian traditions!

Women's Day in Italy

La Festa della Donna

Since 1977, Women’s Day has been an international event. On this day, the social and political struggles are remembered, with which women gained the rights that have always been normal for men. However, giving mimosa flowers (it. la mimosa, pl. le mimose) is a purely Italian custom.

Why women receive mimosa in Italy?

In 1946, Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time throughout Italy. It was organized by the Women of UDI (Unione Donne Italiane – Union of Italian Women) and mimosa flowers was chosen as a symbol for this day.

Why mimosa? The mimosa is beautiful, unusual, blooms between February and March and is inexpensive, so anyone can give it as a gift (even though the prices of mimosa bouquets usually rise sharply on Women’s Day!).

The mimosa was also chosen for its properties: It is a flower that, despite its apparent fragility, can grow on difficult terrain. Perfect to represent women!

For over 70 years in Italy it has been a tradition to give beautiful yellow mimosa flowers to women – whether wives, sisters or mothers – on March 8!

Auguri a tutte le donne!

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