In the same way each month of the year is symbolised by a gemstone, each month also has a flower which is associated with it. The tradition of birth flowers is believed to have been started by the Romans, who celebrated birth and birthdays by giving gifts of flowers, so seasonal flowers began to represent specific months.
Birth Flower – January
The birth flowers of January are Carnations.
Its Latin name is Dianthus Caryophyllus and it is believed to have been native to the Mediterranean region. Funny, just where the Romans were! Carnations are one of a handful of flowers that bloom in the colder months, making them a perfect flower for January.
The traditional meanings behind the Carnation flower are love, fascination and distinction, although these meanings vary frequently depending on their colour. For example, pink carnations are very significant in Christianity, as, in the Bible, they first appeared as Jesus carried the Cross and the Virgin Mary wept, with pink carnations rising from where her tears fell. They then came to symbolise a mother’s undying love.
Purple carnations are traditional funeral flowers in France, and also symbolise misfortune and bad luck in French culture.
Carnations are not only the birth flower of January through, remember, they are also the traditional first wedding anniversary flower. If you’re getting stuck for what to buy your other half, carnations are always a safe bet!
So now you know the birth flower of January: Carnations.