Wednesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. Started in 1909, the first Women's Day honored the 129 women who died in a factory fire in Chicago. In 1914 the Holiday was officially observed on March 8th and has remained that date since and seeks to raise political and social awareness of the struggles of women. More than 100 nations recognize Women’s Day (35 declared it a national holiday) with thousands of events held by organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media. People give flowers and other small gifts to their mothers, wives, grandmothers and daughters, as well as coworkers, teachers, and friends to show respect, appreciation and love.
Very popular in throughout Eastern Europe and Asia the holiday has been described as a combination of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.
The flower most often associated with Women's Day is the bright yellow mimosa acacia flower. This custom started in Italy around 1946, and was chosen as the official flower because they were more readily available and less expensive than other popular flowers like violets and lily-of-the-valley.
We will have Mimosa available at the shop next week in honor of Women's Day and encourage you to celebrate the influential and important women in your life on this special day.