DECEMBER’S birth flower is the narcissus, which symbolises good wishes, faithfulness and respect.
The name is derived from Greek mythology. Narcissus was a young hunter famed for his good looks. He was so handsome he became obsessed with his looks.
One day, when looking at his reflection in a pond, he leaned in to take a closer look but fell in and drowned.
Therefore, the narcissus became known as a symbol of vanity in Western culture.
However, in other cultures and organisations around the world, the narcissus carries different meanings.
•According to the Victorian “Language of Flowers” giving someone a narcissus means that person is the only one.
•In Kurdish culture, the narcissus is a symbol of the new year.
•Similarly, in Chinese culture, the narcissus symbolises the Chinese New Year because it is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring.
It is also a symbol of wealth and good fortune for the coming year.