Lucky Flowers of 12 Months in Chinese Calendar

Chinese Traditional Calendar is a Lunisolar Calendar, which includes 12 Months and 24 Solar Terms

 

The 12 months are used to note the dates and months that correspond to the periodic movement of the moon. Hence, it is named the Yin or Lunar Calendar, in which every month is represented by a Lucky Flower and its Goddess.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

January in Chinese Calendar — Plum Blossom

Flower of Strong, Noble and Modest 

In Chinese Calendar, Plum Blossom is the Flower of January. Its five petals represent Happiness, Joy, Longevity, Peace, and Successful. 

Documented more than 3200 years ago, firstly the Plum Blossom was used as flavoring and food, also for worshiping ceremonies in the history of China.

 

Then about 1000 years later, it started to serve as ornamental and medication, when more types of Plum Blossoms were cultivated. 

 

Because it flourishes in cold winter, Plum is the representative of strong and noble in Chinese culture.

 

Many artists and poets were huge fans of Plum Blossoms, for its beautiful appearance, fragrance, and spirit.

 

Plum Blossom was not only frequently described and admired in many literary and artworks, it also has a whole ornamental theory which includes appreciating place, time, shape, and activities, etc. 

February in Chinese Calendar — Apricot Blossom

Flower of Hope, Lucky and Beautiful

 

Seeing the Apricot Blossom means the spring is coming.

 

Apricot Blossom, the Flower of February in Chinese Calendar, has been documented for over 3000 years in China.

 

It was used as food, sacrifice flower, medication cosmetology, and ornament in Chinese culture. 

The Apricot Blossom is also the representative of pure, shy, and beautiful girls, because of its pure color and beautiful appearance.

 

The pronunciation of Apricot is the same as "Lucky" in the Chinese language, so it is also the flower of fortune. 

March in Chinese Calendar — Peach Blossom

Flower of Love and Fortune

Peach Blossom, the Flower of March in Chinese Calendar, has over 6000 years of history in China and was used for food, worship, medication, cosmetology, and ornament.

 

Because of its prolifically and gorgeousness, Peach Blossom is an important sign of sweet love in Chinese culture.

 

Its fruit, which was widely used in worshiping ceremonies, was believed as the food of some deities in Chinese mythology.

 

Therefore, peach blossom is also the representative of fortunate and longevity. 

April in Chinese Calendar — Rose

Flower of Brightness, Affection, and Sweetness

Rose, the Flower of April in Chinese Calendar, was documented about 2500-3000 years ago, used as an ornament, herbal tea, and cosmetology in Chinese culture.

 

Emperor Liu Che of the Han Dynasty used to keep many roses in his royal palace, who compared one of his beautiful concubines as a beautiful rose.

 

Since then, the rose became the blossom of happiness and sweet love.

 

In the history of China, the rose was widely described in many poems, for their gorgeousness, pleasant fragrance, and as a symbol of genuine love. 

May in Chinese Calendar — Pomegranate Flower

Flower of Happy Marriage and Wealthy

Pomegranate, the Flower of May in Chinese Calendar, was introduced to China about 2200 years ago and was used as food, ornamental, cosmetology, and medication. 

The Pomegranate flower looks like a red skirt, which makes them a symbol of mature, passionate, and beautiful in Chinese culture.

 

It cannot be transplanted, and its fruit has many seeds; therefore, Pomegranate was always used in Traditional Chinese Wedding ceremonies, as the representative of staying productive, loyal, flourishing, and wealthy. 

June in Chinese Calendar — Lotus Flower

The Incarnation of Fairy and the Flower of Elegant and Harmony

Found about 7000 years ago and documented 3000 years ago, Lotus, the Flower of June in Chinese Calendar, was widely used as food, ornamental and medicinal. 

 

Though it comes from silt, Lotus flower stays pure and elegant, which made them frequently admired as representative of grace, holy and noble in Chinese culture.

 

Its pronunciation is similar to "Harmony" in the Chinese language; therefore, Lotus is also a sign of peace and calm. 

 

There was a legend saying that Lotus was originally a fairy, who was expelled from heaven because of pursuing love with a human. So the Lotus flower is sometimes a signal of love as well. 

The lotus is also the flower of Taoism and Buddhism. The Lotus Crown was once a popular hair ornament in the Tang Dynasty in the history of China. 

July in Chinese Calendar — Balsamine

The Incarnation of Phenix and the Flower of Energy

Balsamine, the Flower of July in Chinese Calendar, is believed as the incarnation of Phenix, one of the most beautiful and powerful mythical animals in Chinese Mythology

 

Therefore, it is the representative of attractiveness and energy. 

Throughout the history of China, Balsamine was widely used in medication and cosmetology, especially for painting fingernails.

 

This colorful and natural cosmetic has been favored by Chinese women for thousands of years. 

August in Chinese Calendar — Osmanthus Blossom

Flower of Moon and Champion

Cultivated in China for more than 2500 years, sweet-scented Osmanthus, the Flower of August in Chinese Calendar, was the plant on the moon, and the flower of the Champion. 

 

In Chinese mythology, there was a huge Osmanthus tree on the moon, together with Fairy Chang E and her bunny. Besides, the pronunciation of Osmanthus is the same as "Richness" in the Chinese language. 

 

Hence, it is the representative of noble, blessing, and wealthy.

 

In history, the Chinese Imperial Examination was always held in the month when Osmanthus was blooming; therefore, Osmanthus is also the sign of success, loyal and honorable. People who won first place in the examination were referred to as "Snapped an Osmanthus' Twig". 

Meanwhile, the Mid Autumn Festival, one of the most important Chinese holidays, is on the 15th of August. On this holiday, worshiping the moon, eating mooncakes, and drinking Osmanthus wine are popular activities among Chinese people.

September in Chinese Calendar — Chrysanthemum

Flower of Long Live, Decency and Proud

Chrysanthemum was documented in China over 3000 years ago and was widely used in food, tea, wine, ornamental, and medicinal. 

 

It blooms around the Double Ninth Festival, a holiday to climb mountains and respect the elders. Additionally, nine is the strongest number in ancient Chinese culture. 

 

Therefore, Chrysanthemum is the representative of longevity. 

 

A very proud and talented historical figure, Tao Yuanming, from over 1500 years ago was a big fan of Chrysanthemum, who had written many famous poems admiring it.

 

Since then, Chrysanthemum became the sign of prosperity, integrity, and firm, based on the poet's description. 

October in Chinese Calendar — Hibiscus

Flower of Virtue and Gorgeousness

Because of the bright color and appearance, Hibiscus is frequently mentioned in ancient Chinese poets, as a representative of gorgeous women or people with outstanding moral. 

Hibiscus' Chinese pronunciation is similar to the "Husband", so Hibiscus also implies women's deep longing for their beloved ones. 

Hibiscus was widely used in food, ornamental, and medication throughout the history of China. 

November in Chinese Calendar — Narcissus

Flower of Pure and Blessing

Narcissus, the Flower of November in Chinese Calendar, was introduced to China about 1000 years ago. 

 

Afterward, it was cultivated and served as ornaments, cosmetology, medication, and be carved into beautiful potted landscapes.  

Narcissus was named as a fairy in the water, which has many versions of legends in regard to its incarnation.

 

Gorgeous flowers from the clean water and the fairy related stories, together, made Narcissus the representative of pure and blessing in Chinese culture. 

December in Chinese Calendar — Winter Sweet

Flower of Fearless, Persistent and Unbending

Winter Sweet, the Flower of December in Chinese Calendar, is not afraid of cold, snow, and drought.

 

In Chinese culture, therefore, it was generally admired and complimented for this fearless spirit. 

 

It has been used as ornaments, medication, and in the worshiping ceremony for thousands of years.

 

Winter Sweet was a famous Chinese Empress' favorite flower and had been widely used as her daily accessaries, who made it a popular decorative ornament once. ​​

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