La Festa della Donna, or International Women's Day is celebrated on 8th March. It began in 1908 to commemorate the 129 women who died in a fire in a factory in Chicago in that year, and also commemorates two other international events: a strike by women garment workers on 8 March 1857 in New York, which led to the foundation of the first women's union in the US, and a strike by Russian women on the same day in 1917.
It is traditional on this day to give yellow Mimosa flowers to women as a sign of respect and solidarity. Women give Mimosa to each other as well.
Ingredients for a perfect Sunday afternoon: bright sunshine, a medieval Tuscan village, abundant samples of new Tuscan olive oil and corpulent local wine, and a brilliant street orchestra!