National Poinsettia Day is an annual celebration observed on December 12. With a week to go for the Christmas, the festive decoration would never get completed without the reddish-orange Poinsettia. The red and green foliage is most often used in the floral decoration. The observance of the Day marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsettia who discovered Poinsettia plant. The National Poinsettia Day was created as to honour Paul Ecke, the father of the poinsettia industry who discovery of a technique of seedling Poinsettia.
“Conversely, the red plant itself burns a brighter red when set off by the green than when it grows among its peers. In the bed I always reserved for poinsettia seedlings, there was little to distinguish one plant from its neighbours. My poinsettia did not turn scarlet until I planted it in new surroundings. Colour is not something one has, colour is bestowed on one by others.” – Arthur Japin
History of National Poinsettia Day
The first celebration of National Poinsettia Day was celebrated since the year 2002. The House of Representatives has created the Poinsettia Day. It passed a Resolution as to honour Paul Ecke Jr. who is regarded as the father of the poinsettia industry. December 12th is chosen for this celebration, as it was the death anniversary of Joel Roberts Poinsett. He was an American botanist, physician, and Minister to Mexico. It was he who in 1828 discovered Poinsettia flowers growing on a hillside in Southern Mexico. He had then sent cuttings of the plant to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. Poinsett began distributing the flowers once after it had grown well in his greenhouse. In English-speaking countries, the name “poinsettia” had soon become the accepted name of the flower.
Later Paul Ecke’s discovery of a seedling technique made Poinsettia industry to flourish. It wasn’t until the early 1920s, the grafting technique of Paul Ecke’s that caused the seedlings to branch and take root in the American culture. He had advanced the sales of the poinsettia with shipping and marketing. The botanical name of the plant is known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima. In Mexico, it is called La Flor de la Nochebuena or, Flower of the Holy Night. It will be displayed on this celebration Day, Dia de la Virgen. The Poinsettia plant used in the celebration of Christmas in Mexico date back to 17th century. The story connected with a girl tells that she was worried as she was too poor and had no gift to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. An angel tells her that any gift given with love is a wonderful gift. With that, the young girl gathered weeds from alongside the road and placed them around the manger. The weeds had miraculously bloomed into beautiful red stars.
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How to Celebrate National Poinsettia Day
Celebrating the National Poinsettia Day is very simple. Decorate your house with the red and green poinsettia foliage. You can visit the nearest local greenhouse or florist to get the seedlings of poinsettia and plant them in your garden. Share your views and celebration pictures on social media using the hashtag #PoinsettiaDay.