Flower-giving calendar

You can always offer flowers. But some days are so special that we've put together some interesting facts about them. They may inspire you to surprise someone with flowers. To find out more about them, click on the individual dates.

New Year: 1 January (fixed date)

The beginning of the year did not always fall on 1 January. Long time the Ancient Romans celebrated the New Year on 1 March, and it was not until Caesar's calendar reform of 46 BC that the calendar year began on 1 January, at least theoretically. Because in large parts of Europe, January 6 was suddenly regarded as beginning of the year. This was until in 1691 Pope Innocent XII officially fixed it for the western cultural area on 1 January. Apropos flowers at the beginning of the year: white flowers are particularly suitable because they symbolize beginning and end and are elegant and stylish.

National Hug Day: 21 January (fixed date)

Why did one decide to dedicate a day to hugging? Quite simply. Because many people find it difficult to express their feelings, they are reminded on this special date that affection and tenderness are important. In addition, hugs are healthy because, according to scientists, they help to improve the immune system and reduce the risk of heart attacks. So, show friends and family what they mean to you and cuddle or hug them. Maybe you can combine that with spring flowers. Because they are also an expression of emotions and act like a hug.

Valentine's Day: 14 February (fixed date)

Even for the ancient Romans, date and theme were magical, because from 13 to 15 February they celebrated love with their Lupercalia. But the Christian Church did not like it. And so, she dedicated February 14th to Saint Valentine and called it "day of Saint Valentine". The link between love and day of Saint Valentine was made by an English writer in the 14th century who wrote the poem "Parlement of Foules" and described how birds gather on Valentine's Day so that everyone could find their partner. In 1797 a British publisher took up the subject. He published sentimental Valentine's poems and caused a furor. Word of this success spread, and in 1847 the USA began mass production. After the Second World War, Valentine's Day was brought to Germany by US soldiers, where the custom of giving flowers arose. So, let it rain red roses or other spring flowers on 14 February and be happy that there is such a beautiful thing as love.

Meteorological first day of spring: 1 March (fixed date)

If you feel that spring begins on 1 March, you are not alone. In meteorology, the beginnings of all seasons have officially been brought forward to the first day of the relevant month, for practical reasons. It makes it easier to keep statistics and make climate comparisons. In any case, you can get spring flowers at the flower shop at the beginning of March, even if the weather should not play along once.

International Women's Day: 8 March (fixed date)

The day was founded in 1910 by Clara Zetkin in order to give more emphasis to women's demands for equality in public. Much has been achieved since then, some not yet. And that is why it is still a matter of striving to live together at eye level. Show solidarity ... and surprise women with flowers: as a sign of appreciation and loyalty, but also for joy at what has been achieved.

Grandparents’ Day, Switzerland: second Sunday in March

Grandma and grandpa are more and more often the grandkids' darlings. They play with them, are patient, always there for them and thus relieve mummy and daddy who often have to work. That's why Grandparents' Day was introduced in 2016. It takes place on the second Sunday in March and gives grandchildren and their parents the opportunity to say thank you. So thumbs up for all grandparents ... and a wonderful bouquet of flowers that shows them how much their help is appreciated.

Astronomical and calendar first day of spring: between 19 and 21 March

For astronomers, and therefore also by the calendar, spring begins with the spring equinox. This takes place when the sun - as seen from the Earth - crosses the celestial equator from south to north, which happens every year between 19 and 21 March. On average, there are 365 days, 5 hours and 49 minutes between two first days of spring, which means that each one starts slightly less than 6 hours later than the previous one. By the time 4 years have passed, the time has therefore shifted by 23 hours and 16 minutes. Fortunately, there is then always a leap year, which not only absorbs this difference but actually overcompensates for it with the additional day in February. Either way: flowers are always beautiful - especially at the beginning of spring!

International Day of Happiness: 20 March (fixed date)

One is happy to live in a peaceful country, to be healthy and not hungry, or to have a loving partner and healthy children. The other remembers momentary feelings of happiness when kissing, hugging or watching a sunset. Never mind. The constant pursuit of happiness is important to everyone. That is why the Day of Happiness was introduced by the United Nations in 2012. So: Be happy, and share your happiness with others, e.g. by giving flowers to someone who is less lucky and could use a little happiness.

Easter: between 22 March and 25 April

Easter is more than Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs. At Easter Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who, according to the New Testament, overcame death as the Son of God. This celebration always takes place on the Sunday after the first full moon in spring. Terms like Easter or Ostern could be of Old Germanic or Old English origin and be connected to the dawn (Old Germanic “austro”, Old English “eostre) as a symbol of hope. Other terms such as "Pâques" or "Pasqua", on the other hand, show the connection to the Jewish Passover, the seven days in which Jesus’s death and resurrection took place.

Siblings Day: 10 April (fixed date)

Do you like your siblings? Or do you sometimes want them to jump in the lake? Maybe it's time to get in touch again, e.g. on the Siblings' Day. It was founded in 1997 by Claudia Evart, who lost her brother and sister very early due to an accident. Sibling relationships may not always be harmonious. Nevertheless, sooner or later one usually recognizes the inner bond. Make a contact attempt, preferably with flowers.

Mother's Day, Switzerland: second Sunday in May

Whether mother, mom or mommy, on Mother's Day you have the opportunity to thank your mommy with flowers: for her perpetual help, her constant availability, her goodness and sensitivity, her loyalty, her comfort and her selfless love. Mother's Day was founded by the American Anna Marie Jarvis. After the death of her mother, she did everything she could to ensure that "Mother's Day" would be recognized and was successful. In 1914 it was introduced in the USA, in the same year it came to England, and since 1917 it is also known in Switzerland. Today it is known all over the world, even if the dates partly differ from the 2nd Sunday in May.

Neighbors’ Day: last Friday in May

"Grump" in the stairwell? Silent strangers in the elevator? Or on the contrary: friendly neighbors who water the plants, watch the cat and are always friendly? Neighbors’ Day is perfect to meet for an informal coffee or barbecue and to get to know each other better. Maybe Grump & Co. suddenly turn out to be very likeable. And you could say thank you to your helpful neighbors, with flowers, for example. Apropos date: If Ascension is in the same week as Neighbors’ Day, the latter takes place one week earlier.

Father's Day in German and French-speaking Switzerland: First Sunday in June

Show your dad that he is still your hero and that with affection you remember his jokes and help as well as his boundless love. How about a little thank you with a typical plant for men? At www.maennerpflanze.ch you'll find a funny assortment, including a plant that suits your father perfectly. Since 2007, Father's Day has taken place on the first Sunday in June in German and French-speaking Switzerland, whereas in Canton Ticino it has taken place for a long time on 19 March, Saint Joseph’s Day.

World Red Rose Day: 12 June (fixed date)

Red roses stand for deep emotions. That's why this day is perfect to give someone a red rose and let them feel love, passion or deep affection. This will probably be surprising and especially well received because this day is not yet as well-known as Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. By the way: This day is also known as National Loving Day, while the Brazilians call it Dia dos Namorados (Day of the Lovers).

International Kissing Day: 6 July (fixed date)

For about 90 percent of the world's population, kissing is one of the most tender gestures ever. That's probably why there's the increasingly popular Kissing Day, when we should kiss, embrace and caress each other especially often. Loving kisses are known to be an elixir of life, even if not every frog you kiss becomes a prince. But no matter. Kissing is nevertheless beautiful, especially if you associate the kiss with flowers for once.

Swiss National Day: 1 August (fixed date)

Since 1891, 1st August has been celebrated as a national holiday in Switzerland. The date is derived from one of the first treaties signed around 1290 between the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden, which formed the core of present-day Switzerland. Well, apart from the fireworks and lantern processions, August 1st is also a day for barbecuing in the garden. Already taken care of? If you are invited, perhaps it's time to order a bouquet for the hosts as a thank-you for the invitation, perhaps in summery yellow tones, colourful fireworks nuances or even in matching red and white.

Just Because Day: 27 August (fixed date)

If you are wondering why this day was founded at all or why it takes place just on August 27, the answer is: Just because! Sometime somebody might have noticed how nice it is to get something "just because" or to surprise somebody "just because". Try it, e.g. with flowers. It's fun for everyone and will be an unforgettable experience!

Thank You Day: last Thursday in September

On the last Thursday in September, the "Thank You Day" takes place in Switzerland. Here the name says it all. On the one hand, it's about being grateful for everything you have. On the other hand, of course, it also makes sense to say thank you to others: for example, to Grandma, who perhaps looks after our children, or to our best friend for her solidarity. But certainly there are many people in our minds who contribute to our well-being with small and big help. Thank them, perhaps even with flowers. This surprising gesture will certainly go down well.

World Smile Day: first Friday in October

Did you know that the "inventor" of the first smiley was the American graphic artist Harvey Ball? He designed the smiling face to motivate employees of an insurance company. Substantially later, he founded the World Smile Corporation, whose sold smiley products benefit children's charities around the world. This eventually led him to create a World Smile Day, which since 1999 has called on everyone to make at least one person smile through kindness. Little tip? A spontaneous flower greeting brings a smile to the face of even the biggest grouch, guaranteed!

Halloween: 31 October (fixed date)

Skeleton or witch at your door? Then it’s Halloween, and the creepily costumed kids are on the look-out for sweets. Halloween was a Celtic festival and comes from Ireland. In those days it was believed that in the evening before All Saints Day the boundary between this world and the Otherworld thinned and the ancestors would return for a night. Today's "Trick or Treat" goes back to a custom from England and Ireland, in which chidren went from house to house, sang a song and asked for "soul cake" (small cakes). With every soul cake they got, they released a soul from purgatory. Last but not least, the pumpkin custom comes from Ireland and goes back to a legend about the villain Jack Oldfield. In the USA the custom was developed. The pumpkin lantern is regarded as a symbolic figure for Halloween and is still called "Jack O'Lantern".

All Saints' Day: 1 November (fixed date)

All Saints' Day is an important festival of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches and is only known as a public holiday in Switzerland in the predominantly Catholic cantons. All Saints' Day should really be a day of remembrance for the saints. But since November 2nd is All Souls' Day and this is not considered to be a day off, one visits the cemetery on All Saints' Day and decorates the graves of relatives and friends.

Singles' Day: 11 November (fixed date)

Singles' Day was founded in 1993 by Chinese students. They chose the date because it consists of four ones and the number 1 symbolizes a single. Goal of the day? Quite sympathetic. Because on the one hand you can - according to the students - also be happy as a single (you are free, nobody complains ...), on the other hand you can use the day to put an end to being a single. Flowers? Suitable as a flirt attempt, for a first dating and to be happy with singles about their independence. Last but not least, the number 1 is also used in the sense of "the only one". And so you can tell your sweetheart through flowers: "You are the only one for me".

International Men's Day: 19 November (fixed date)

The International Men's Day aims above all to highlight the disadvantages of men and boys and to pay tribute to their social and societal commitment. In other words, ladies: Today husbands, friends and colleagues are in the foreground for once. Show them that you value and appreciate them. Perhaps with one of our funny plants for men. On www.maennerpflanze.ch you will find the entire assortment.

Black Friday: Friday after Thanksgiving (between 23 and 29.11.)

The Black Friday is from the USA. It takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Black Friday is considered the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It is a retail sales event that focuses on discounts and is designed to encourage shoppers to buy Christmas gifts not at the last minute. In Switzerland, Black Friday exists since 2015 and has become very popular. There are many theories about the reason for the name. One of them is that this day represents the point in the year when retailers begin to turn a profit, thus going from being «in the red» to being «in the black».

Cyber Monday: Monday after Thanksgiving (between 26.11. and 2.12.)

Cyber Monday marks the start of Christmas sales by online shops. It always takes place on the Monday after Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a sales event of online commerce that focuses on discounts and is intended to encourage people to buy Christmas gifts not at the last minute.

First day of Advent: 4th Sunday before 25 December

For many, the atmospheric Advent with its many lights and decorations is the most beautiful time of the year. This is why they not only decorate their own homes, but also give wreaths, flowers and candles to friends and family members. The word Advent is of Latin origin. It means arrival and refers to the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Today Advent lasts four weeks. But earlier in the Eastern churches it lasted from 11 November to 6 January, while the West's ended on 25 December. By the way: if you work out the date of the first Sunday in Advent using the calendar, you CAN'T count 25 December if it falls on a Sunday.

St Nicholas' Day: 6 December (fixed date)

Santa Claus makes his big appearance on 6 December in some countries, and puts stars in children's eyes with apples, mandarins and nuts. This custom goes back to St Nicholas, who was Bishop of Myra. He was revered because he was said to have performed many miraculous deeds. From this the present-day custom of Santa Claus developed. At first, the old man kept his bishop's robes almost everywhere. But from the mid-19th century onwards he appeared in a red-brown coat and pointed hat. The poem "The night before Christmas" had the greatest influence on Santa Claus as we know today, by describing him as a plump, jolly elf dressed in a red and white robe, with twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks and a long snow-white beard. Today Santa Claus also gives presents to “older” children.

Poinsettia Day: 12 December (fixed date)

People have celebrated "Poinsettia Day" in the USA for more than 150 years and surprise their loved ones on that day with a plant that is more symbolic of Christmas than any other. This day goes back to Joel Poinsett. When Poinsett went to Mexico as the first US ambassador in 1828 and saw the poinsettia there, he was so enthusiastic that he took it home with him to the USA, whence it has spread to large areas of the world. In honour of the diplomat and plant lover, the US Congress introduced Poinsettia Day in the middle of the 19th century. The poinsettia is one of the most popular plants in Advent.

Christmas: 25 December (fixed date)

The date of Christmas goes back to the winter solstice, which - according to the Julian calendar - took place on 25 December. This is why the Ancient Romans celebrated the birthday of their sun god Sol Invictus on this magical day from 274 AD, while the Christian holiday is not documented until 336 AD. When the Protestant reformers came along, however, they remembered the origin of the date and believed that the festival of Christmas also sprang from pagan custom. They therefore renounced it. It went so far that it was actually banned in Geneva and Scotland in the 16th century. A ban on the Christmas festival was also pronounced in England in 1647. Then, however, Christians of all denominations accepted it. And the European Protestants actually took to it so much that they introduced the Advent wreath and the Christmas tree. These were initially considered to be Protestant things and were only adopted gradually by the Catholics.

New Year's Eve: 31 December (fixed date)

In some European languages, 31 December is not known as New Year's Eve but by a variant of the name of Pope Sylvester I, because it is the anniversary of his death according to the Roman Catholic calendar of saints. The last day of the year is known as Silvester in German, Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre in French, Notte di San Silvestro in Italian, Silvesteravond in Dutch, Sylwester in Polish, Silvester in Slovakian, Silvestr in Czech and Szilveszter in Hungarian. Other languages know it as "Old Year's Eve", of course as a translated term.