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Today is Day of Snowdrop

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Every year on April 19 many countries around the world celebrate a traditional beautiful spring holiday - The Day of Snowdrop

Its history dates back from England, where it was established in 1984. It is worth saying that in England snowdrops are very popular flowers, and the attitude towards them is rather reverential. It is believed that this has something to do with an old English superstition that says that the snowdrops planted around the house save its inhabitants from evil spirits. But first of all snowdrops are the first flowers that appear after the winter cold and symbolize the beginning of spring, the victory of heat over the cold and give hope for the best.

The Latin name of the snowdrop - Galanthus - means milk flower. This plant is known since 1st millennium, in the Middle Ages it was revered as a symbol of purity, and in 19th century it was grown everywhere. Today, snowdrops grow in many areas of the globe, there are about 20 species, but almost all of them are listed in the Red Book. The most popular species is the snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis), and there is also Greek, Byzantine, Caucasian. They all differ in shape and color and even in flavor, but they are all very beloved. Currently, most species of snowdrops are listed in the Red Book as an endangered species, one cannot pluck them. Ecologists are advocating for tougher measures in relation to the "collectors" of snowdrops, urge everyone to treat these flowers carefully.

The Republican Snowdrop Day will be celebrated on May 18.

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Press Service of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Yakutia
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