Bright fragrant mimosa signals respect for women

All over Italy, men will be seen carrying bunches of prettily wrapped mimosa to give to the woman in their lives today.Giving mimosa flowers is Italian tradition
The flowers might be for their wives, girlfriends, mothers, friends or even employees and are meant as a sign of respect for womanhood.
The custom of men giving mimosa to their ladies began in the 1940s after the date 8 March was chosen as the Festa della Donna (Festival of the Woman) in Italy. The date coincides with International Women’s Day.
Yellow mimosa was chosen as the flower to give because it is in bloom at the beginning of March, is relatively inexpensive and the scent of it in the atmosphere is a sign that primavera (spring) is just round the corner.
Continuing with the theme of mimosa, you might see on restaurant menus at this time of the year variations of dishes such as risotto mimosa or pasta mimosa (made with finely scrambled eggs).
And some cake shops will have Torta Mimosa in their windows, a concoction made with sugar, orange juice, whipped cream and orange liqueur.
Buona Festa!

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