Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian church. And although most people would give each other Easter eggs, Easter gifts and Easter flowers, some might consider giving their loved ones an Easter plant. The tradition of giving flowers at Easter dates back many thousands of years to a time before Christianity when the peasants were superstitious and believed that it was necessary to honor the spring Gods and in doing so they would give gifts of flowers and adorn the altar of their chosen god. Their offering was in the hope of an early spring, a bountiful harvest, safety, new life and good times ahead. Unlike the fresh cut flowers of Easter, a potted plant for Easter can last much longer. Some traditional Easter plants like the lily can actually bloom again so you can enjoy the fragrant aroma, beautiful shape and pleasant memories again. Although history shows we tend to favour certain “classic” flowers and plants at Easter, there really are not any official flowers although arguably the white Easter lily is very popular. Naturally each country and culture expresses their celebration of Easter with local flowers and plants too, and if you are deciding this year to send a traditional bouquet of Easter and spring flowers – don’t overlook the possibility of sending a potted plant instead. If you have questions about care and feeding, simply ask Brant florist
Easter, The Oldest Christian Festival – Or Is It?
For children it matters not who or what Easter is celebrating – so long as they get basketfuls of coloured Easter eggs and candy on that special day. For adults, gifts often include flowers and plants. Many folks buy flowers and plants for themselves as well as sending these gifts to others through their local florist.
Of course, we know Easter is a Christian celebration of rebirth and the resurrection of Christ. So you might find the following statement rather interesting: Easter existed before Christianity.
Back then it wasn’t called Easter – that’s just the name of the Goddess who was being celebrated at the time. Actually her real name was Eostre and she was a Greek goddess. Eostre was the goddess of spring and was believed to leave this world when winter came calling, and only returned at the vernal equinox – March 21st. Continue reading