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Five Flowers Perfect for Easter
Convey Special Meaning During the Holiday


Easter traditions call for remembrance and celebration. Flowers and floral arrangements are common decorations for the holiday, and can give meaning to a spring landscape.

Easter is not only a time for decorating eggs, consuming chocolate and egg hunts; it is also a time for celebration and reflection. Because the holiday takes place in the early spring, flowers have played an important role in the holiday celebration.

1. Easter Lily - The Easter Lily is traditionally one of the most frequently used flowers for the holiday. The trumpet shaped white petals are simple, elegant and meaningful. They are also known as the "white lilies of hope" because legend says they were found where drops of Christ's sweat fell, and were found in the Garden of Gethsemane. They are also associated with the Virgin Mary, as tradition says her tomb was found empty, except for white lilies, three days after her death. They are commonly gifted on Easter and can be found adorning churches on Easter Sunday.
This poem written by Louise Lewin Matthews in the early 1900's illustrates the prominence these lilies hold in the Easter celebration:

Easter morn with lilies fair
Fills the church with perfumes rare,
As their clouds of incense rise,
Sweetest offerings to the skies.
Stately lilies pure and white
Flooding darkness with their light,
Bloom and sorrow drifts away,
On this holy hallow'd day.
Easter Lilies bending low
in the golden afterglow,
Bear a message from the sod
To the heavenly towers of God.

2. Tulips - Part of the lily family they are some of the first flowers to bloom in spring so they are associated with rebirth, and they are also representative of perfect or deep love.
3. Daisies - These flowers symbolize innocence and purity, fitting in with the story of Easter. In Celtic legend, God sprinkled daisies over the Earth to cheer parents up after the loss of a child. Daisies also represent new beginnings, joy and innocence.
4. Hyacinth - Available in multiple colors, these flowers have meaning tied to spring. They are fragrant and represent sincerity; specifically white hyacinths represent prayers for someone.
5. Daffodils - These flowers symbolize rebirth and new beginnings, very strong sentiments around the Easter holiday. They're associated with Lent, and are also known as the "Lent Lily;" celebrating the coming of spring.

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