Flowers have the power to enchant people, and they have done so since ages. In fact, in the old days- exchanging a flower bouquet between a King and common people used to be the ultimate gift. And if we unravel the facts, we will find that exchanging flowers on occasions and giving them as your best wishes has originated from Greece. Greek mythology is supposed to be the first one that introduced the exchange of flowers to convey meaningful messages. History states that there was an important significance of Rose, Lily, Hyacinth, and Anemone in Greek mythology. Just like Greek mythology in Hindu mythology, flowers like Lotus, Marigold, Jasmine, and Tuberose hold a significant place.
Come, let us have a look at the importance of flowers mentioned above
- Rose- As everyone knows, Roses are the best flower to convey our love and warm regards to someone. Back then, as well, these vibrant and sweet-scented flowers were used to convey love messages. Roses are very well suited in a flower bouquet and are accepted widely. One can also plant a variety of Rose flowering plants quite easily in their home garden.
- Lily- Lilies are a pure example of beauty in white. Known as the symbol of purity Lilies are till date forwarded in a flower bouquet to appreciate the same. In fact, Lilies presented to someone who is about to begin his/her new journey of life (say- marriage, a new job, a new venture, etc.), are the best to convey your blessings at such moments.
- Hyacinth and Anemone- Both these flowers are known as the symbol of mourning or sadness. These flowers can be part of someone’s funeral and indicate your deep sorrow about the loss. Till date, paintings of crucifixion have the symbolic Anemone to express deep sorrow, whereas Hyacinth is best suited to give to the deceased family to convey your condolence.
- Lotus- Lotus is considered as one of the holy flowers in Hindu mythology and is used in almost every holy occasion. The symbol of divinity and purity, it is the symbol of wealth as well. It is known to be the favourite flower of Goddess Laxmi, who is considered as the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
- Marigold- The most used flower for decorations in Indian festivities and events is Marigold. Both yellow and orange Marigold hold the same meaning, i.e., they are the symbol of good omen. And for a matter of fact, Marigold is a flower that is only grown in India. So, the next time you attend any function overseas and the decoration includes Marigold flowers; they are probably from India.
- Jasmine and Tuberose- Both Jasmine and Tuberose are pure white, and they help in lifting the mood of women and keep them happy. Both these flowers are used by South Indian women as gajra (a mini garland used as a hair accessory) to decorate the hair. The strong scent and the pure white hue of these flowers compliment the black hair and make any women look pretty.
All these flowers have great importance in Greek and Hindu mythology. And using these flowers as per what meaning they hold can change a lot of things. So, next time do not pick a flower just because of its colour but also, keep its meaning and the occasion in mind to pour your best wishes.
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