The word Easter comes from the name “Eostre” or “Eastre,” the Ancient Anglo-Saxon Mother Goddess of Northern European Saxons. Other ideas about the holiday’s origin suggest that the name may have evolved from a combination of the names of two Ancient Pagan spring festivals. “Ostara” celebrated the essence of spring and the new life spring evokes. “Ishtar” was the name of the Arabian sun festival.
After taking over these two festivals, Christians decided to reinterpret the meaning of new life. It refers to the new life that Jesus gave the world after rising from the dead. No one knows the exact date of Jesus’ birth, but there is evidence to support the theory that Jesus died around the same time as the Jewish festival of Passover.
The first Jewish Christians incorporated Easter festivities into Passover celebrations. It always falls on a Sunday. They decided to observe Easter on the Sunday following Passover. Over the years, Christians decided to change the date of Easter so it wouldn’t coincide exactly with Passover. Like the Jewish calendar, which follows the moon’s cycles, the date of Easter does the same. That explains why the date changes every year.
Easter flowers bring out the new life that people associate with spring. Bright colors are popular because they evoke the warmth of spring and the increased length of daylight. Pastel colored flowers are also popular around Easter.
If you want something that speaks to spring and to Easter, choose our Easter Tulips. We wrap bunches of tulips and neatly arrange them in a tall glass vase. We use rocks to ensure that the flowers stand upright. You’ll love the delightful colors that scream spring. No matter where you place these flowers in your home, they’ll add the spring warmth that everyone desperately craves around this time of the year.
Hydrangea, Roses & Forsythia is another Easter beauty. We combine branches of Forsythia, an early flowering shrub with bright yellow flowers, with yellow roses and blue hydrangea. Think of this arrangement as a symbol of the sun and the blue sky – both of which are welcome signs of spring.
Our Easter Basket of Blooms is a modern version of an Easter flower basket. We choose white daisies because white symbolizes purity. We add yellow daisies because they evoke the sun. Carnations are also popular Easter flowers. We spice this up by adding a decorative butterfly to create the illusion or freshly picked spring flowers.
As Easter inches up on us, it’s time to think about the flowers you want to use to decorate our home, or give as gifts to those special people in your life. You can count on Billy Heroman’s Flowers to handle all of your Easter floral arrangements.