07 March 2009

Festa della Donna 2009

Happy Festa della Donna
March 8th is International Women's Day
There are all sorts of ways to celebrate this occasion, with food and flowers usually being part of the tradition. I have received a lovely sprig of Mimosa and a yellow pansy to commemorate the occasion. The hunters group of which my father in law is a part of took all of their wives out for lunch to day to honor the occasion. There have been marches in the capital today to raise awareness of violence against women and awards given to a variety of women for a variety of reasons. As I have stated before I find it rather peculiar that it isn't a holiday that has caught on in America even though is is where it originated.
I took this photo last year in Pinerolo after the festivities were over and wanted make sure to use it as it is such a lovely tree. This year we're a ways a way from the trees being in bloom, but things are melting out and spring is on it's way and that indeed is occasion enough to celebrate. Do you celebrate International Women's Day where you live?


Ivy said...

Happy Woman's Day Marla. Yes we do celebrate this day in Greece as well.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Happy Women's Day Marla. We don't celebraye it here in Canada either but it is recipnized with the theme this year being about Strength.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Happy Belated Womens Day. I am sure this is not celebrated in the UK..well if it is, I don't know anyone who does..I read about it on Sicily Scenes Blog. How great that your father in law celebrated with you!! :-)

Bella Baita Marla said...

Well whether or not our countries recognize it as a holiday, I like celebrating it by acknowledging all of my women friends that are always such an inspiration to me and all of you ladies fall into that category. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Marla, Happy belated Womens Day! I think that's a wonderful holiday you have there. I hope you really enjoyed the day!
Hugs, Marie

Nihal said...

Here's wishing you a happy belated Women's day. Yeap, it's celebrated in Istanbul and throughout the country. To me, it means nothing.
Mimosa one of my most liked flowers!
So nice photo!

Bella Baita Marla said...

Thanks Marie. Welcome Nihal. I agree it's another opportunity to be a commercial expenditure, but I must say that I find it's a chanc to focus on the women in my life past and present and reflect on what they have accomplished and how that has influenced me. So it seems a pretty prevalent European celebration, even over your way in Istanbul. Hope someday to get over that way.

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