Daffodils are hardy perennials that have a sunshine-yellow hue and seem to pop up at just the right time when spring arrives. That’s probably why they’ve become an important symbol of youth, spring, and hope. They are a symbol often used by cancer organizations around the world to represent hope.
And that is why Daffodil Day is often celebrated around the world. Although there are many variations of this holiday celebrated on different dates on the calendar, the one we’re going to talk about today is the one observed annually in August.
The History of Daffodil Day
Since the beginning of human civilization, daffodils have been important symbols to humanity. For the ancient Greeks, daffodils symbolized self-love, and in Victorian England, the daffodil represented respect and admiration.
This flower has often been used as a symbol of unrequited love. In the modern age, daffodils are most often associated with hope, and that’s why they are used by cancer organizations all over the world.
In fact, the first use of the daffodil by cancer organizations began in the 1950s, and it has been an important symbol ever since. Daffodil Day is a holiday organized by the Canadian Cancer Society since 1957.
Some Amazing Facts About Daffodils
Below are some facts about daffodils. We uncovered these facts while doing our research for Daffodil Day. We found them to be quite entertaining and informative, so we thought we’d share them with everyone interested in this flower or the holiday associated with it.
- It’s believed that the Romans were the ones who first brought daffodils to Britain.
- Daffodil is the common name for flowers in the genus Narcissus.
- In England, daffodils are sometimes referred to as Lent Lilies.
- The national flower of Wales is the daffodil.
- Daffodils are also the official 10th wedding anniversary flower.
- Daffodils are good flowers for novice gardeners to plant.
Observing Daffodil Day
On this day, people are encouraged to not only support cancer research but also to spread the news about the importance of such research.
People can donate money directly to cancer research organizations, volunteer their time at a local cancer hospital, and spread the word about this holiday across the internet using the hashtag #DaffodilDay. People can also support this holiday by taking the time to give someone some daffodils as a gift.