Flowers of the Month & Their Meanings Zodiac Signs & Symbols
History of Birthdays
The tradition of celebrating birthdays began centuries ago in Europe. Only kings and royalty were recognized as important enough to celebrate their birthdays. Later, children were included in birthday celebrations.
The first children's birthday parties called kinderfeste, originated in Germany. The word kinderfeste comes from the two German words "kinder" meaning children and "fest" meaning festival or party.
It was feared that evil spirits were attracted to people on their birthdays. To protect them from harm, friends and family would help celebrate their birthday by spending time with the birthday person, bringing them good wishes, thoughts and presents. Hats and noisemakers were used at birthday parties, with the thought that the noisemakers were also a way to scare away the evil spirits.
Today's birthdays include celebrations with birthday cakes, songs and gifts.
Birthstones & Their Meanings
January Garnet - Constancy February Amethyst - Sincerity March Aquamarine, Bloodstone - Courage April Diamond, White Sapphire - Innocence May Emerald - Love, Success June Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite - Health & Longevity July Ruby - Contentment August Periodot, Sardonyx - Married Happiness September Sapphire - Clear Thinking October Opal, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire - Hope November Topaz, Citrine - Fidelity December Turquoise, Zircon - Prosperity
Flowers of the Month & Their Meanings
January Carnation or Snowdrop - whimsical, fanciful February Violet or Primrose - faithfulness March Jonquil or Daffodil - respect, regard, desire April Sweet Pea or Daisy - thinking of you May Lily of the Valley or Hawthorne - humility, humbleness June Rose or Honeysuckle - love, romance July Larkspur or Water Lily - ardent attachment, passionate attachment August Poppy or Gladiulus - splendid beauty, sincerity September Aster or Morning Glory - daintiness, elegance, variety October Calendula or Cosmos - jealousy, modesty, grief November Chrysanthemum - optimism, cheerfulness December Narcissus or Holly - self-love, self-confidence,, domestic happiness
Zodiac Signs & Symbols
Dec 22-Jan 19 Capricorn - The Goat Jan 20-Feb 18 Aquarius - The Water Carrier Feb 19-Mar 20 Pices - The Fish Mar 21-Apr 19 Aries - The Ram Apr 20-May 20 Taurus - The Bull May 21-June 21 Gemini - The Twins June 22-July 22 Cancer - The Crab July 23-Aug 22 Leo - The Lion Aug 23-Sept 22 Virgo - The Virgin Sept 23-Oct 23 Libra - The Scales Oct 24-Nov 21 Scorpio - The Scorpion Nov 22-Dec 21 Sagittarius - The Archer
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