The Religious Meaning of Easter Flowers

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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.

The lily's shape symbolizes God calling his son home with a trumpet.
The lily's shape symbolizes God calling his son home with a trumpet. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Lily

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.

White lily
White lily (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Daffodil

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.

Daffodils offer hope of life after death to Christians.
Daffodils offer hope of life after death to Christians. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tulip

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.

Tulips are a tangible symbol of the joy at Christ's resurrection.
Tulips are a tangible symbol of the joy at Christ's resurrection. (Image: John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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