Italy is no exception to celebrating International Women’s Day – that one day during which we look around us to appreciate the women in our lives. Founded in the early 20th century, the 8th of March is a day to celebrate women’s economic, political as well as social achievements.
Traditionally, during this day women in Italy receive yellow mimosa flowers. One look around the streets here in Italy, and it’s easy to spot either mimosas being sold, or mimosas being held by women of all age. This particular flower was chosen as a token for this celebration not only for its fragrant scent and bright colour, but also because it bloom at this time of year – which makes it affordable.
Women here in Florence are also invited to celebrate this day exploring the wonders this city has to offer by going to one of the many museums, including the Uffizi and the Accademia, which offered free entrance to all women on the 8thof March. Culture and the arts have always been a means of communicating oppression, suffering, but also victories in humankind’s history – and this is valid more than ever when looking at the way and the reasons why we celebrate such an important date today.
We, the staff at ArtViva would like to extend our warmest wishes to all women out there – women of all ages and from all walks of life, who are making the world a better place to be in simply by just being themselves, by believing in their abilities and in their dreams. We would like to also thank all those men who provide constant support and appreciation to all the women in their lives.