Bluebird of Happiness Day is observed on September 24 each year. Bluebirds are traditionally associated with joy, contentment, and good fortune. They appear on greeting cards and nursery walls, and have been the subject of numerous paintings and melodies. Following a storm, the phrase ‘bluebird days’ is used to characterize a sunny day. If you are a skier or snowboarder, you likely know that “bluebird days” also refers to days with bright sunshine, excellent visibility, and fresh snow! Bluebirds are cherished for their beauty, familial devotion, and enchanting song. These small creatures remind us of the daily minor pleasures we get to experience.
The background of Bluebird of Happiness Day
A bluebird is simple to identify. A male bluebird has a brilliant blue back and a fiery orange belly, whereas a female bluebird, like many other birds, has duller hues. Since ancient times, the bluebird has been regarded as a symbol of contentment. The Chinese were the first to hold this belief; they viewed the avian as immortal, a protector, and a symbol of the sun. Even Native Americans held the bluebird in reverence.
The Navajos venerated the bluebird as a spirit in animal form, while the Iroquois believed its melody would make the harsh winters bearable. For the Russians, the bluebird stood for optimism. Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1908 drama “The Blue Bird” depicted two children searching for the Bluebird of Happiness. This play has been adapted into an opera, several films, and a children’s book, further popularizing the notion that bluebirds offer joy.
The bluebird has appeared in everything from artwork to advertisements throughout history. The bluebird is also believed to signal the advent of spring. Due to their bright orange breasts and iridescent blue back and tail, early American settlers dubbed these birds “blue robins.” Bluebirds are beneficial to cultivators because they keep insects and other plant-damaging pests at bay.
The tune ‘Bluebird of Happiness’ was recorded in 1934. It was composed by Sandor Harmati, and Edward Heyman wrote the lyrics. By 1945, the tune had become a worldwide phenomenon. Many other bluebird compositions followed, such as Judy Garland’s ‘Hello, Bluebird’ and Paul McCartney’s ‘Bluebird.’ It is fair to say that bluebirds will continue to represent goodness for many years to come.
5 BLUEBIRD FACTS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
Bluebirds can be observed throughout the entire United States, including the mountain ranges.
During the breeding season, two specific male and female birds will remain together and may reproduce together again in the future.
They can search for insects from a distance of up to 20 meters.
Arctic bluebird is another name for the alpine bluebird.
The bluebird holds the distinction of being the Missouri state bird.
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