Easter is very much a spring holiday. Although the change of seasons isn’t as big a deal to people who live in balmy weather, for people who live in colder climates, the warm weather can’t arrive fast enough. Christians observe Easter as a way of commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus. It coincides with the Jewish festival of Passover because Jesus died during that week long celebration. Passover is a celebration that pays homage to God for freeing the Jews from Egyptian slavery.
The first Jewish Christians incorporated Easter festivities into the Passover celebration because Jesus returned from the dead on a Sunday. The date for observing Easter was later changed so it wouldn’t occur simultaneously with Passover. What didn’t change, though, was the timing of Easter so it follows the moon’s cycle – just as the Jewish calendar does. That is why the dates of Easter, Lent and Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, all changes from year to year. The one constant is that Easter always occurs 40 days after the start of Lent (not including Sundays.)
Easter wasn’t originally a Christian holiday. Two Ancient Pagan spring festivals served as the basis for adopting Easter as the name of an important Christian holy day. “Ostara” celebrated spring and the new life that comes from spring. “Ishtar” was an Ancient Arabian sun festival. The name of the Christian holiday comes from taking the first part of “Ostara,” and the second part of “Ishtar” and combining them into one word.
After taking over those two festivals, Christians decided to reinterpret the concept of “new life,” so it represented the new life that Christ brought the world when he rose from the dead.
Pastel colors are commonly associated with Easter. Just look at clothing, toys for Easter baskets, the baskets themselves, sweets, and other treats that line store shelves. Dare to be different, be bold and go for bright colors in all their glory. “Brilliant Blooms” is a spectacular flower arrangement that’s packed with vibrant colors. This bouquet comes with red and yellow roses, pink and purple hyacinths, pink tulips, and blue hydrangea. It is worth noting that hyacinth and tulips only grow in climates where winters are cold, so this is something a recipient might not find on their own.
Floral Fantasia is equally unusual with its green hydrangeas, delicate green cymbidium orchids, pink roses, and delightful cut tulips.
Start planning for your Easter floral gifts. Come to Trias Flowers where you’ll find the best. After all, we were voted Miami’s best florist!