Tulip in 10 languages
Has Spring reached your part of the world yet? It traditionally begins on the Vernal Equinox which is around the 20th/21st March in the Northern Hemisphere. On the Equinox (from Latin for ‘equal ‘ night) hemispheres are getting about an equal amount of sun. The equinoxes are the only times of the year where the sun rises in the East and sets in the West for everyone on Earth!
Anyway, as excited as I am about the changing of the seasons, I have chosen tulips as our multilingual flashcard of the day. Not only are they bright and cheerful, they also have a fascinating and somewhat dark past. There are about 75 different species and the name is thought to originate from the Turkish word for turban, which they may have been thought to resemble.
During the seventeenth century in the Netherlands ‘Tulip Mania’ meant that some bulbs sold for more than ten times the annual wage of a skilled worker, before a dramatic crash in 1637 left them almost worthless. Usually appearing in red, yellow and white, multi-coloured or unusually coloured variants were extremely valuable. It is now known that the variegated tulips were actually caused by a viral infection, though many of these variations have since been cultivated and stabilised.
Something to think about the next time you see these cheerful flowers bobbing in the breeze!
Hope you’re all having a lovely week!
See more flowers in ten languages here.