Folklore

Articles of weather folklore, flower lore, myths, legends and more from the Farmers’ Almanac.

June’s Birthstone — Pearl

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June’s birthstone is the pearl. Its name comes from the Old French word, “perle” which, oddly, is derived from the Latin word for “leg”—as in “leg-of-lamb.” It is believed that this was a reference to the shape of mollusk shells, where pearls form. Interestingly, pearl is the only birthstone that is not mined from the

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Poppy Flower — Facts, Symbolism, And Gardening Tips

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Have you ever wondered if the poppy seeds on the bagel you’re eating come from the same poppy flower that produces opium? They actually do, but they have been scrubbed of the milky substance which forms illegal narcotics and therefore are perfectly safe to eat. Don’t be alarmed: The poppy flowers growing in your backyard are a different species! There are 120 varieties of poppies—only one of which you cannot grow in the US. Learn all about poppy flower history, nutrition, folklore, and tips for growing. Read on.

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May’s Birthstone — Emerald

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The emerald is May's birthstone. Its name comes from the Greek word for green—a color classically associated with spring and fertility. Likewise, this rare gemstone signifies rebirth, but it also symbolizes: truth, wisdom, and intuition. Learn fascinating emerald facts, folklore, and healing properties believed by ancient cultures around the world! Read on.

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April’s Birthstone – Diamond

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The diamond is April's birthstone. Its name comes from the Greek word, “adamas,” meaning unconquerable and indestructible. What makes it so special? Learn about its legendary hardness, unmatched sparkle, and mysterious folklore. We explain why ancient Egyptians wore diamonds on their ring fingers and other surprising facts about this rare gem. Read on.

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10 Irish Superstitions

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You may know the classic Irish good luck associated with finding a four-leaf clover or hanging a horseshoe with its points up, but have you heard of these strange 10 Irish superstitions?

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March’s Birthstone – Aquamarine

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Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Its name is Latin for “seawater,” which describes its blue-green color and relates to its ancient oceanic mythology. Coined by the ancient Greeks as “the sailor’s gem,” its presence on a ship was believed to appease the mighty sea god, Poseidon, who in turn would calm rough waters and

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February’s Birthstone – Amethyst

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February's birthstone, the amethyst, has a long and interesting history including some folklore about being associated with the “god of wine.” Learn more about February’s stone, which many believe promote courage, inner strength, peace and balance.

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