2 OCTOBER: FESTA DEI NONNI

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In Italy it has been tradition for many years to celebrate the grandparents on October 2nd. Even better: it’s the law!

According to Italian legislation, under civil law no. 159, on October 2nd people must “(…) celebrate the importance of the role of grandparents within families and society in general”. It is no coincidence that the same day the Catholic Church celebrates the Guardian Angels.

BEARERS OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

There are not many countries celebrating Grandparent’s Day. Unfortunately, one must say, because the idea behind this is really a compliment to the dedication of the seniors of our society. This began in the United States in 1978 where former president Jimmy Carter responded to a plea for attention by a hard working housewife in West Virginia, who was the mother of fifteen children and grandmother of forty grandchildren. President Carter saw the need for the education of the younger generation through the relationship with their grandparents, the bearers of knowledge and experience. Slowly Grandparents Day spread across the world and reached countries like Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Italy. Since 1997 the so called ‘Festa dei Nonni’ is on the Italian holiday calender.

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FLOWERS FOR GRANDPARENTS DAY

The official flower for this holiday is Myosotis, more commonly known as Forget-Me-Nots. But this is not the most popular flower for this celebration, because that would be the Lily, Gladiolus and Gerbera.

COOPERATION

OZ Export have joined forces in Italy with Bureau Sierteelt – The Dutch Floricultural Board, the successor of the Flower Council Holland – and the Felini Foundation of Mr. Charles Lansdorp. Aim is to bring the Festa dei Nonni more under the attention of the Italian florist and consumer as a great day to appreciate your grandparents with a nice bunch of flowers. And that will make everybody happy.

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