American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once quipped: “The earth laughs in flowers.” What Emerson saw in flowers and earth was nature and naturalistic that brought about happiness to his individualistic life. But little did he realise that almost all flowers exude happiness, cheerfulness and a sense of freedom to mankind.
Like the lilies, they were and are still considered as majestic flowers dated as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, the arid land of Greece. These majestic flowers have long held in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word “leiron” (generally assumed to refer to the white Madonna lily), the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower and the 30th wedding anniversary flower.
While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue for some but others associate the white variety with funerals and they symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.
But do not be despair if you have Emerson’s individualism in you! Other varieties that became popular brought with them additional meanings and symbolism as well. Peruvian lilies or asltroemeria represents friendship and devotion, white stargazer lilies express sympathy and pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity.
There are scores of varieties in Lilium family species. In this part of the world, we are accustomed to lilies that are grown in arcadia, sanctuary, orchard or sprouted freely in the wild forest of the tropics.
For that reason, the 2015 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya has chosen the Lily to be the Theme Flower. This event is scheduled to be held from 30th May until June 7th, 2015. Since lilies are known to be the May birth flower, so it is just befitting to start the event in May. And, if you are a lily-lover and are married for 30 years or slightly more, then lily will be the most suited 30th wedding anniversary flower!