Daffodil

loiteke

Joined September 2008

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The ancient Greeks believed the narcissus plant originated from the vain youth, Narcissus. He died after becoming so obsessed with his reflection in a pool he could not leave. The Greeks say that the gods turned his remains into the Narcissus flower. This also led to the daffodil’s being a symbol of unrequited love.The Narcissus flower is perceived in the West as a symbol of vanity, in the East as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. The Narcissus is a national flower symbolising the new year or Newroz in the Kurdish culture. In ancient China, a legend about a poor but good man holds he was brought many cups of gold and wealth by this flower. Since the flower blooms in early spring, it has also become a symbol of Chinese New Year. Narcissus bulb carving and cultivation is even an art akin to Japanese bonsai. If the Narcissus blooms on Chinese New Years, it is said to bring extra wealth and good fortune throughout the year. Its sweet fragrances are highly revered in Chinese culture. In America are many daffodil spieces what are blooming in Autumn. In classical Persian literature, the narcissus is a symbol of beautiful eyes, together with other flowers that equal a beautiful face with a spring garden, like roses for cheeks and violets for shining dark hair. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, where it is traditional to wear a daffodil or a leek on Saint David’s Day (March 1). In some countries the yellow variation is associated with Easter. The German for daffodil is Osterglocke, that is “Easter bell.” Various cancer charities around the world, including the American Cancer Society New Zealand Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, and the Irish Cancer Society, use the daffodil as a fundraising symbol. “Daffodil Days”, first instituted in Toronto in 1957 by the Canadian Cancer Society, are organized to raise funds by offering the flowers in return for a donation.

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