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The Religious Meaning of Easter Flowers

By Rachel Lovejoy
The lily's shape symbolizes God calling his son home with a trumpet.
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The Easter season coincides with the beginning of spring, a time of renewal and rebirth. Spring-blooming flowers sing of hope from homes, gardens and church altars and carry special religious meaning at that time of year for those who celebrate rebirth through Christ's resurrection.


White lily
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Before fully opening, lilies assume a trumpet shape. This shape represents God the Father calling his Son Jesus home, which is a great source of joy for Christians. The choice of white lilies indicates purity and freedom from sin through Jesus' death on the cross. Legend holds that lilies grew wherever Jesus' tears fell, offering hope to believers.


Daffodils offer hope of life after death to Christians.
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The belief in eternal life is symbolized by the daffodil, or narcissus, another flower that blooms in early spring during the Easter season. Daffodils are perennials, or flowers that return each year, and Christian legend holds that daffodils bloomed profusely during the time of Christ's resurrection.


Tulips are a tangible symbol of the joy at Christ's resurrection.
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The very regal tulip is significant during Easter as a symbol of the love Jesus gave to the world. Its cup-shaped blossoms also symbolize rebirth as they are among the first flowers to provide the colors of a new spring.


About the Author


Rachel Lovejoy has been writing professionally since 1990 and currently writes a weekly column entitled "From the Urban Wilderness" for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine, as well as short novellas for Amazon Kindle. Lovejoy graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.