Festa della Donna is celebrated in Italy on March 8th, also International Women’s Day. Each year CUCINA urbana and CUCINA enoteca Del Mar acknowledges this special occasion with a month-long celebration. We feature unique food and beverage selections, special events and the sale of our signature yellow t-shirt – all to raise money for the Center for Community Solutions.
History of Festa Della Donna
This civil holiday was born as a political event, and over the years blended into the culture of many countries. In some celebrations, the day had since lost its political flavor and become simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them.
Women’s Day has its roots in two events that took place outside of Italy. On March 8, 1857, a strike by garment workers in New York led to the formation of the first women’s union in the United States. Sixty years later Russian women led a strike calling for “bread and peace” during the horrors of World War I and the Russian Revolution. Then in 1945, the Union of Italian Women declared that this special date, March 8, should be set aside to celebrate womanhood across the country.
In Italy on the 8th of March, the symbol of the day is the yellow mimosa and expression of female solidarity. The exact origin of the custom is lost, but it is said to have started in Rome after World War II. Men began giving the mimosa to their partners, friends and co-workers. Families gave these blossoming branches to their significant others, colleagues, mothers and sisters. The scent of mimosas filled the air and reminded everyone not only of the day’s significance, but also that spring is near.
While men show all their love for women, society as a whole remembers the importance of women, their contribution to the betterment of our society and their sacrifices. On this day, all celebrate their achievements. Cultural demonstrations and political rallies remember the fights women have to endured for their rights and what is still left to do in order to provide every member of society, male or female, equality.
Please enjoy this special yellow signature t-shirt, and each time you wear it think about all the wonderful women in your life and those millions more around the world!
The Center for Community Solutions helps more than 11,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by rape, domestic violence, and elder abuse. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.