27 Mar 2015

Festa della Donna (International Women's Day) and a day out



March 8th is International Women's Day when a mutual bond as women is expressed and celebrated.  On this day, La Festa Della Donna, there's been a custom for many decades in Italy of giving a bouquet of mimosa as a sign of respect and solidarity as well as remembering and pledging support for women worldwide who are living in oppressive societies and/or experiencing difficult working conditions.
The mimosa (acacia dealbata) was chosen because the flowers are out in early March and, therefore, easy to gather and give as a gesture of friendship on this day.

On a beautiful sunny day we went for a drive to the local town of Isola del Liri. As the name suggests, Isola del Liri is surrounded by the water of the River Liri so that it's a town on an island. (More pictures of our walk around the town another time). After a walk and a coffee we came back to our village for a lunch at Caio Mario Hotel and Restaurant.











48 comments:

  1. What a beautiful arrangement and a wonderful meaning behind it. I love to see your photos of the towns and villages near your Italian home.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed seeing more of our local area, Jo.

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  2. the photo just above the water fall is gorgeous. the yellow and white flowers and the water and fence. just beautiful

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    1. The bridge railings were decorated with bunches of mimosa, flowering shrubs, night-scented stocks especially for the occasion and the planters were full of seasonal pansies and primulas.

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  3. What great photos! I'm really taken with the mimosa, looks a beautiful sign if friendship. Like sun beams x

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    1. Yellow flowers lift the spirit. The fluffy balls of mimosa with the feathery leaves do look very pretty.

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  4. Lovely set of photos, and how wonderful the water fall is...
    Amanda xx

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    1. The waterfall is rather amazing and a bit of a challenge to photograph with a pocket digital camera!

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  5. Looks like a great little town... LOVE that waterfall (you knew I'd say that, didn't you? ha).... Neat to read about International Women's Day. The Mimosa is so pretty... I have Mimosa here --but it looks very different from Italy's....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I've always loved mimosa. It would be interesting to see your variety, Betsy.

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  6. The pictures of the mountains and 'chalet' style houses put me in mind of somewhere much farther north. The scenery is beautiful. Great photo of you two as well!

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! The Monti Ernici are part of the sub-Apennines of central Italy and form a natural border between the Ciociaria (our region) and the Abruzzo region.

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  7. What a lovely town to visit, and such beautiful flower arrangements with the mimosa and the stocks! Thanks so much for sharing your visit with us -- it's like enjoying an exotic vacation, from my armchair. -Beth

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying a virtual trip to the region of Italy that I know and love, Beth.

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  8. I love mimosa and once had one growing in the garden, but one winter it died, I should have protected it. The little town of Isola del Liri looks a lovely spot to visit with that splendid waterfall.

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    1. A bunch of mimosa seemed very exotic when I was a child, but I loved the flowers and the fragrance. My husband and I keep talking about getting a mimosa sapling when we're in Italy, but it would need tending, which isn't possible. Also I've been reading up about the plant and it seems that it's not a good idea to plant one near grape vines. It can get very big and would be another tree that would need pruning from time-to-time! We'll just have to enjoy the ones growing around us.

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  9. Lovely photos, Linda and how wonderful the idea of giving mimosa as a sign of friendship:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. Friendship is a good thing to celebrate and giving a spray of mimosa is a lovely way to do that. :)

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  10. The yellow blossoms everywhere are wonderful...they always make me smile!! I especially love the photo of the falls.
    As always a pleasure to take a walk with you. x

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    1. Thank you, Tanya. Glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  11. What a lovely picture of you both! I am in awe of the mountains and loved the waterfall. I like the idea of solidarity between women and thinking of those who suffer such terrible oppression. A lovely post.xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina. Women and girls are still undervalued and oppressed in many situations today and we have to remember that. I hope you're having a good weekend.

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  12. The yellow blossoms of the Mimosa are wonderful. That waterfall is a lovely spot on Isola del Liri. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures.

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  13. Linda Ha, nice that you pay attention to the Women's Day !!
    Your photo, s are beautiful, and the vase with mimosa wonderful ......
    dear greetings Christiene ........

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    1. Hello to you, Christiene. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment:) The vase is a copper water pot that was once used in the region.

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  14. I remember the first time one of my neighbours presented me with a bunch of Mimosa on International Women's Day, I was very touched.

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    1. It's a simple gesture, but a nice thing to do :)

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    1. That's good, Amy! We can learn a lot from one another. Have a lovely week! :)

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  16. What a lovely custom to honor the women around the world who are oppressed! And your photos of Isola del Liri are beautiful. I long to go to Italy! Have a happy week, Linda!

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    1. I've been fortunate to have had the opportunities to reach my potential as a girl and woman, but that's not so for many. International Women's Day marks this fact when we can do something, however small, to reach out in friendship and support. Have a good, peaceful week yourself, Louise.

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  17. I love seeing your views, but even more how delightful to see you and your husband standing there.
    Just lovely!

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  18. The area you show on your post is so beautiful. I love looking at mimosa again because here, in Georgia, we do not see these flowers. My mother (in Paris) used to buy bouquets of mimosa every spring – I miss seeing these golden flowers.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and I'm happy that it reminded you of the bouquets of mimosa that your mother used to buy. Favourite flowers bring back these memories. I associate Spring with golden flowers and now I'm fortunate to spend time in Italy the mimosa is one of them.

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  20. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, and that waterfall.........WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tour. :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. It's good to hear from you.

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  21. I am thankful you share many beautiful places when you go to Italy and I am happy you included one of yourselves. Lovely! Happy Easter to you both.

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    1. Thank you Denise. Happy Easter to you and Gregg.

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  22. Your region of Italy is stunning, Linda, and I love the views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable day out and your bouquet of mimosa is lovely.

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    1. Ciociaria is less well known than some other Italian regions, but as you can see there's much to enjoy.

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  23. Hi Linda,

    How beautiful to see the wonderful photos of Italy - looks like a lovely town and the snow capped mountains make it very picturesque.
    The bouquet of mimosa is sweet.
    Happy Easter and hope you are enjoying the special time
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  24. Thank you Linda for sharing Italy with us , so many beautiful photos.

    Happy Easter.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  25. I didn't even know mimosas were a flower - I thought it was just a drink! I wonder if it would grow here?

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    1. Ha ha! I think mimosa needs a fairly warm climate so it grows best in countries such as those in southern Europe.

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