In Italy, mimosa flowers (Acacia dealbata) are given to women to celebrate International Women’s Day, a United Nations-recognized holiday observed every year on March 8.
This year, the Fattoria dei Barbi will be celebrating early on Saturday, March 5, with a special menu at the Taverna dei Barbi (click here for menu details).
The origins of the holiday can be traced back to the pioneers of the women’s rights movement. Click here for the Wikipedia entry and the story of how the holiday and commemoration came about.
The tradition of giving the mimosa was born in Italy. In 1946, the Union of Italian Women chose the flower as the official symbol of the holiday because it is one of the few flowers to bloom in early March.
Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!
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