I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
- William Wordsworth
The daffodil which is commonly referred to as narcissus with large trumpets is the March birth flower. For thousands of years, daffodils have been a potent symbol in both Eastern and Western cultures. Although it’s most recognizable meaning is rooted in Greek mythology, it also has very specific and varied meanings for different cultures, both past and present. Today, this flower is used all over the world in ceremonies, on holidays and at festivals, and as a fundraising symbol for various charities.
Many of the cancer charity organizations sell daffodils on Daffodil Day, which is typically in March. Along the lines of the Christian representation of death and rebirth, many Cancer charities have used the narcissus as a symbol of rebirth and hope. The American, Canadian, New Zealand and Irish Cancer Societies, as well as Muriel Curie Cancer Care have taken on the narcissus, or daffodil, as their organization’s symbol.
Chinese New Year
The daffodil flower arrived in China around 1000 A.D. during the Song Dynasty. For the Chinese, the flower became a symbol of good fortune and wealth as it blooms during the Chinese New Year. It is common in China to “carve” daffodil bulbs so that as they bloom, they grow into different shapes and sizes resembling peacocks and crabs.
Daffodils signify respect, regard and unrequited love. The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring; therefore it is a symbol of rebirth. If you are looking to gift your loved ones something rejuvenating and spirited then send them a bouquet of daffodils on the many holidays that fall throughout the month of March such as St. David’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, UK Mother’s Day and Easter. The daffodil is the emblem of Wales and is worn on St David’s Day. Beautifully bundled together daffodils make for lovely gifts no matter what the occasion.
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