Fuengirola turns to poinsettias as a Christmas decoration
Red and green plants will embellish the squares and gazebos of the Andalusian city
This week, the municipal website of Fuengirola (Spain) informed the public that the authorities have already started preparing the town’s Christmas decoration using a natural and beautiful addition – the poinsettia. To this end, the Town Hall will plant 9,000 of these red and green plants in order to breathe a joyful spirit into the urban environment.
The plant, native to Mexico, has long been traditionally associated with the Christmas season. In his native country, he is indeed known as Navidad’s flower (Christmas flower). From there, it became popular as an ornament in the United States, where December 12 is Poinsettia Day. Later, some European countries also started picking up this tradition, considering how its coloring pattern renders perfectly to associations with Christmas.
A natural touch to Christmas decorations
Fuengirola councilor for urban ecology, Antonio Carrasco, said the planting of these natural decorations began on November 17 in gardens, parks and roundabouts in the city.
“Christmas dates are approaching and from the Department of Urban Ecology we have started planting poinsettias or Easter flowers as they are also called (their common name in Spain),” Mr. Carrasco said, explaining that “this year we will plant about nine thousand poinsettias, in two phases, and this time we have decided that they will be in two colors, yellow and red.”
Ironically, many people think of the red petals as the flowers or blossoms, but they are actually a special type of leaf called bracts. However, the councilor also made a special appeal to the inhabitants, asking for their collaboration so that the plants can be preserved for as long as possible.
“We want to tell all citizens that these poinsettias are for decoration, to beautify our town and please ask everyone not to remove them. I wish we can all have a great holiday,” he appealed.