In Italy, March 8th is a holiday celebrated as Festa della Donna. The holiday is a bit similar to Valentine’s Day – and many women are treated to dinner by their partners. While it is not a holiday that shuts down businesses or schools, it is pretty impossible to miss festa della donna. On March 8th, the streets of Italy seem to be taken over by yellow blossomed mimosas.
The bright flower is the Italian symbol of the day, chosen because it blooms in March and is relatively inexpensive. (You will find sellers everywhere hawking a small bunch for around €1). The key to celebrating this holiday is to dress in all yellow.
Although we do not have the tradition of celebrating Festa della Donna here in the states, March 8th is also International Women’s Day. What better way to celebrate the women in your life than taking them out to lunch at Gaetano’s.