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For the Festa della Donna: Mimosa (Acacia Dealbata) in spring-time Italy by Philip Mitchell

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For the Festa della Donna: Mimosa (Acacia Dealbata) in spring-time Italy by 

In Italy International Women’s Day on the 8th of March is called La Festa della Donna. In 1946 the Unione Donna Italiana, preparing for the celebrations, decided to choose an object to symbolize the event. The choice fell on Mimosa. Its success is due not only to the fact that it blossoms at this time of year, but also to its bright yellow colour, a symbol of vitality and joy, that represents the passage from death to life. It has become a tradition that the gentlemen will buy small sprigs of Mimosa which they will then offer to the ladies: part of the proceeds then go to support projects related to women’s causes, such as shelters for women subject to violence, breast cancer research, or co-operatives run by women in Third World Countries. Typically, 15 million Mimosa sprigs are sold in Italy for this occasion!

Mimosa is also given widely on this day in Russia.

This group of plants has the name “mimosa” because they move when touched, they are mimetic. They may be chosen for gardens, but this one at least is merely plucked from Nature.

I am based near Winchester in mid-Hampshire (UK) and have enjoyed photographing a wide variety of subjects for over 40 years, though the digital revolution has been a real boon.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    This is lovely – would you like to add to Blooming Trees?

  • Thank you for your appreciative comment and so glad you like it. Yes, I’d love to. (Hadn’t yet realised there was such a group: there are so many within RedBubble!) Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 5 years ago


  • Another feature: many, many thanks. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 5 years ago

    Wonderful! It reminds me the Women’s Day (8th of March) in Russia. Mimosa is the most popular gift to the ladies on this day there.

  • I am glad to know of that extra connection: interesting how these customs evolve. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...about 5 years ago

    Oh this is beautiful!!! Seeing la mimosa makes me miss my home and the women I love there so much!! Bravissimo Philip!! -Luisa :)

  • L’amore è una mistura di piacere e dolore! Philip (Please feel free to improve my Italian. For example, should there be a second “di” after “e”?)

    – Philip Mitchell

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...about 5 years ago

    E` vero…..l’amore e` proprio cosi`!! Wonderful effort with your Italian…..and aren’t you lucky to have found a language teacher!! Your sentence is perfectly fine…..another ‘di’ is not necessary as you are listing adjectives… the initial preposition ‘di’ supports both words. Had you listed 2 nouns, however, you would have needed to support them with an article before each one. (If you want to emphasise your statement, you could also include an adverb, and then you would need ‘di’ again……l’amore e` una mistura di piacere e anche di dolore.) We should start Italian lessons in our group! hahahahaha!! Well done and keep it up…….I am always here with my red teacher’s pen ready for corrections! :)

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...about 5 years ago

    You are right…..they are nouns, but used in an adjectivial sense introduced by a preposition, instead of an article……. (It makes sense in Italian……maybe I did not explain it so well in English!!)……I’m writing my answer here as I had to re-read the sentence! haha! Ciao Philip!

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...about 5 years ago

    You might consider adding this to our Buone Feste challenge……… I think it would make a great entry!! -Luisa

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...almost 5 years ago

  • Philip Mitchell
    Philip Mitchellalmost 5 years ago

    Three top ten placements all at once! It reminds me of what is said about London buses: you wait for one for ages and then three arrive together. Many thanks to all. Philip

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

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