Auguri alle signore! (Best wishes to the ladies!) Today is la Giornata Internazionale delle Donne, aka Women’s Day. Celebrated in quite a few countries its tone varies widely, from having a strong emphasis on women’s political, social, and economic rights at one end of the spectrum, to a celebration more akin to St.Valentine’s Day at the other end.
In Italy, la Festa delle Donne, as it is more commonly called, sits in the middle of this range, maybe leaning slightly towards the Hallmark end. There usually are some political events and marches organized, yet for the most part the day consists of men and women expressing their best wishes (Auguri!) to any woman encountered.
So what to do, gentlemen (specifically)? Invest in a branch of mimosa (available from any flower vendor at this time of year), and give this bright early spring flower as you express your wishes… hence, Auguri! and a mimosa sprig for Bruna (your vegetable-stand lady at the market), an Auguri! and a mimosa sprig for the grumpy lady at the post office whom you have to go to once a month for bureaucratic reasons, an Auguri! and a mimosa sprig for your friendly barista who makes your cappuccino each morning, an Auguri! and a mimosa sprig for… you get the picture.