How flowers are used for cultural events
For over, centuries flowers play an important role in all cultural and religious events. Flowers have been prized in different cultures worldwide for their beauty, sweet fragrance, flavors, and medicinal properties. Different religion has different rituals to use the flower. Over time, certain flowers have been assigned various meanings or connotations. Today we still use flowers with these meanings in mind, to give more significance to important ceremonies, including religious traditions.
Flowers in Islamic Culture
Flowers are the important part of Islamic culture. The popularity of flowers in Islamic culture and traditions is not particularly high. In certain instances, roses are chosen for funerals and marriages along with a variety of palm leaves. Due to heavy perfume roses has been a popular part of the Arab and Muslim culture for a considerably longer period of time. At the end of religious ceremonies rose water is sprinkled over new graves. White roses are the symbol of peace. So these are used occasionally for symbolizing virtue while jasmine can be found in funerals. Islamic gardens that are specifically designed for meditative purposes, usually contain citrus trees because of their orange blossoms, which have a pleasant smell. Also, leaves and flowers extracted from the henna plant are used as the dye (for hair and skin). The paste of henna powder is used as “Mehandi” applied on the hands and feet of the bride.
Flowers in Hinduism
Hinduism is very old religion. There is a number of reasons to describe the importance of flowers in Hinduism. “PUJA” the main prayer of Hindu literally means “the flower act.” The lotus has various associations and is one of the most important flowers for the Hindu community. Lotus is the symbol of Gods named as Vishnu, Brahma, Kubera, goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. For certain special ceremonies, such as funerals and weddings, often feature floral garlands with jasmine being the popular choice.
Flowers and Christianity
There was a time in the Christian culture when flowers were strongly associated with paganism and decadence. White lilies and roses are used as a standard definition of purity. They are also sometimes used in conjunction with references to the Virgin Mary for her own purity. Red roses in Christianity stand for love or as a sign of Christ’s blood. Church altars are often decorated with bouquets or vases of flowers, especially on significant days such as Easter and Christmas. Flowers play a large role at Christian funerals, baptisms, and other special personal events. Flowers play a large role at Christian funerals, baptisms, and other special personal events. Christian brides walk down the aisle with a bouquet of flowers as a token of fertility, while in earlier times it was common for them to wear a wreath or garland of flowers around their heads.