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Iris Day honors this beautiful spring flower. Irises are found in paintings, perfumery, poetry and, of course, magnificent flower arrangements. Why not dedicate a day to this luxurious flower?
It is not known when Iris Day started, but the holiday is held every year on May 8th. The word iris has Greek roots. This was the name of the goddess of the rainbow. It explains the flower’s name, which can be any color except red.
Irises are revered in many countries, being symbols of tenderness, purity, and nobility. In Japanese culture, the iris is believed to protect against negative and evil energy. It can often be found in household items and clothing.
In perfumery, iris and orris root are popular ingredients, giving the fragrance a delicate, powdery, sweetish, and airy note. In flower arrangements, irises look original and bright. They do not outshine other flowers, emphasizing their beauty.
What interesting things do we know?
- Irises are assigned different meanings depending on their color: yellow – passion, white – innocence, purple – wisdom, blue – fidelity.
- Renowned artist Vincent van Gogh made two iris paintings which are highly valued in the contemporary art world.
- Although red irises do not exist, it is such a flower that adorns the white background of the flag of Florence.
When is Iris Day celebrated in 2022?
Iris Day is observed on May 8 each year.