The 13 May should flower friends as the National Tulip Day make a special note on the calendar. At least those who like tulips, to which the US botanical calendar dedicates a special day with National Tulip Day (sometimes briefly: Tulip Day ). This article explains what this is all about and why this date deserves a permanent place in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world . Why do we celebrate the tulip on this date in May?
Who started National Tulip Day?
As with so many other bizarre public holidays in the United States, it is unfortunately also the case in the case of National Tulip Day that its background seems to be completely in the dark. It is not known who started it or since when it has been celebrated in the USA.
Accordingly, the choice of date is not justified. Whether there is a connection of content here for crimes committed also today day of fruit cocktails (National Fruit Cocktail Day), the World Cocktail Day (World Cocktail Day), the day of apple pie (National Apple Pie Day) or the International Hummus Day, I could not find out in the course of research. After all, May is just the right time for this plant genus of the lily family to bloom.
A separate tulip holiday in the USA and the Netherlands
In this context, however, it is somewhat astonishing that this tulip day of honor comes from the United States and not from the Netherlands.
However, they also have their own national tulip day (nl. Nationale Tulpendag), which has opened the tulip season since 2012 with an event on Amsterdam’s Dam Square in the center of the Dutch metropolis. This tulip day is organized by the Dutch tulip growers, who set up a specially designed picking garden on the town square.
Flower Knowledge: Six Curious Facts About Tulips
- Around 150 different types of tulips are currently known, which are native to Europe as well as North Africa and Central Asia. In addition, there are also numerous hybrid species that are used as ornamental plants in parks and green areas or cut flowers.
- The original form of the plant has almost nothing in common with today’s cultivars. In their original form, the tulips were small plants with yellow-red striped petals.
- Contrary to popular belief, the tulip does not originally come from the Netherlands, but from Turkey. From there it came to Europe in the 16th century, although the Dutch have now declared it to be a kind of national symbol.
- Already knew? The red tulip has been the official symbol of World Parkinson’s Day on April 11th since 2005.
- According to the US web portal TheFlowerExpert.com, the tulip is the third most popular flower after the rose and the chrysanthemum.
- Similar to the rose, the tulip is a symbol of love and affection, but in literature and the performing arts it is often also a symbol of transience.
In this sense: Have a great day of the tulips to all of you.