Easter is the most important celebration in the Christian calendar, dedicated to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The churches are filled with worshipers, the altars are decorated with easter flowers, and the music heralds the joy of spring.
The white lily is the symbol of the resurrection and the traditional Easter flower. The large, pure white blooms of the Easter Lilies remind worshippers of the pure new life that comes through the Resurrection of Jesus. The new flowers, which come out in spring, symbolize rebirth. The lily was also known under the name of Pash-flower, Pasque flower, and Passion flower. Today in some churches are ornamented on Easter morning with white lilies in remembrance of our loved ones, who passed away.
Easter flowers have regional variations. In the UK and Russia, the pussy willow is the Easter Flower. In the Southern France and northern Italy, the most popular Easter flowers are narcissuses. In Germany, bouquets made of red flowers are popular in Easter time as they symbolize the God's blood. Another German tradition, which is also gaining popularity in the USA, is decorating evergreen or leafless trees with eggs at Easter.
Gift baskets with Easter flower arrangements of hyacinths, tulips, lilies of the valley and sunny seasonal flowers in spring colors, ornamented with Easter bunnies, toys, and chocolates are also very popular in the springtime. When putting your bouquets in a vase, remember that it is not recommended to place daffodils and tulips together. They really don't match each other and won't last long.
Another spring tradition, popular since the 18th century, is Easter bonnets worn by little girls. Bonnets are created with fresh cut or silk flowers, ribbons, laces and even tiny stuffed toys.