The flower stalls and street vendors were over flowering with yellow today as bundles of mimosa were stocked for International Woman's Day. It is the tradition here in Italy for men to present the important women in their lives with a bunch of the feathery yellow flower in recognition of the day. The flowers are intended as a sign of respect for women and also an expression of solidarity with the women in their support for oppressed women worldwide.
So for all the important women in my life and there are many - from childhood friends, colleagues, internet friends - here is a virtual bouquet with my wish that one day all women will be truly equal.
Though the reasons for the mimosa are unknown the roots and history of the observation are well explained over at Life In Italy.
08 marzo - San Giovanni di Dio