The giving of flowers has had symbolic meaning going far back into history. An example would be the small posies or ‘tuzzy-muzzies’ that Victorian suiters would give to their loved ones as an expression of devotion. This is especially true of Easter flowers, which represent the new life, new hope and new beginnings of the Easter season.
While most of the symbolism associating flowers with Easter falls to the Christian faith, there is still a place for them in the Jewish festival of Passover. Although they are not part of the religious ceremonies that surround Passover, they do remind us of Spring and bring joy to the participants. They are commonly given as gifts to the hostess to grace the Passover Seder Table, however if you do this try, to choose long lasting flowers, for example tropicals such as Antherium, Ginger Lilies, Orchids etc. and, if they are to decorate the table, avoid heavily scented flowers that might impinge on the aromas coming from the food. A bunch of yellow tulips and yellow roses can be used to represent freedom from slavery – the main theme of Passover.
In the Christian faith, Lilies are perhaps the flowers most closely associated with Easter, representing purity and hope. Indeed, they are sometimes known as ‘White Robed Apostles of Hope’.
Tulips are also associated with Easter with white tulips standing for forgivness and purple blooms representing royalty.
The showy blooms of azaleas represent temperance, or self-control. The colours of the flowers carry their own symbolism, with white standing for purity, purple for royalty and pink for joy.
Finally, daisies represent innocence, loyalty and gentleness. Faith, wisdom and hope find expression in the iris and hyacinths convey a message of peace of mind.