Daffodils are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring and are often associated with springtime and rebirth. These trumpet-shaped flowers come in a variety of sizes and colours. Traditional daffodils are sunny yellow, but some varieties are white or pastel yellow and some are even pink or green. While the daffodil’s primary symbolism is that of new beginnings, rebirth and the coming of spring, it has many others. Some of the most common meanings for the daffodil flower are:
- Renewal and Vitality
- Awareness and Inner Reflection
The daffodil has similar uplifting meanings across cultures, probably because this bright flower appears as the cold, dark days of winter wane and the warm rays of spring appear.
- China: The daffodil symbolises good fortune in the Chinese culture. In fact, it is so esteemed for its ability to bring forth positive things that it is the official symbol of the new year.
- Japan: To the Japanese people, the daffodil means mirth and joyousness.
- France: In France, the daffodil is a sign of hope.
- Wales: A Welsh legend claims that the person to find the first daffodil bloom will be blessed with more gold than silver in the upcoming year.
- Arabian Countries: The Arabians believe the daffodil flower was an aphrodisiac and cure for baldness.
- Medieval Europe: The medieval Europeans believed that if your gaze caused a daffodil to droop it was an omen of impending death.
- United States: In the United States, the daffodil is the official symbol for the American Cancer Association, symbolisation hope for a cure. It is also the flower for the month of March and the symbol of the 10th wedding anniversary.