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March 7, 2012

La Festa Della Donna

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, which in Italy we call La Festa Della Donna. International Women’s Day was said to have begun in the early 1900′s. Since then it has grown into a global day of recognition and celebration across the world.

Many organizations have observe this day by hosting large events to honor women and their achievements throughout history. The symbol of this day is the yellow mimosa flower, and in Italy, men are encouraged to give these flowers to all the important women in their lives. Of course, men should show their love to the women in their lives every day of the year, but Italian women like to have a special day to celebrate themselves and their fellow women. As you all know, here in the United States we dedicate the entire month of March to Women’s History Month.

To celebrate this special day I recommend you make a traditional mimosa cake, an Italian lemon-flavored sponge cake layered with a cream filling. Enjoy!

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