Peach Blossom Day

Peach flower, fruit, seed and leaves as illustrated by Otto Wilhelm Thomé (1885).

Peach flower, fruit, seed and leaves as illustrated by Otto Wilhelm Thomé (1885).

Peach Blossom Day is celebrated on March 3rd of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to locate the origin of Peach Blossom Day, however we believe it has to do with celebrating the coming of Spring.

The blossoming peach flower is the signal of spring in Vietnam and peach bonsai trees are used as decoration during Vietnamese New Year (Tết) in Northern Vietnam.

Peach blossoms are highly prized in Chinese culture and because they appear before a single leaf has sprouted, the ancient Chinese believed the peach to possess more vitality than any other tree. When early rulers of China visited their territories they were preceded by sorcerers armed with peach rods to protect them from spectral evils. On the last day of the year local magistrates would cut peach wood branches and place them over their doors to protect against evil influences.