All around the world, Good Friday is solemnly observed as a religious holiday by Christians. This is a day to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, and churches everywhere honor this occasion by holding prayers and religious meetings. This is an important day of the Holy Week, and falls on the Friday before Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday. This marks the end of 40 days of fasting, or Lent, which is believed to prepare a believer with prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial.
This year, Good Friday, which is considered one of the most significant holidays in Singapore, falls on March 25. Most cultures present gifts of flowers on this auspicious occasion, so why not select from different varieties of minimalistic and natural blooms? Since this is a day of remembrance, it’s best to stick to gifting classic white flowers. White as a color is associated with funerals & new beginnings, which is well-suited to such an occasion. You can also mix in a few pale-colored flowers to your white arrangement, if you prefer.
For those who aren’t sure about what flowers to gift their near-and-dear ones, here are some pristine flower picks for this holy day:
- White Calla Lilies/ Lilies: Calla lilies are not just a pretty pick, but also a symbol of holiness, faith and purity. With beautiful ivory-colored single petals and a delicate yellow base, these blossoms are rightfully named after the Greek word for beauty. These cone-line flowers bloom in springtime, which makes them symbols of rebirth, transitions, and new beginnings.
Madonna lilies are another stunning choice. Also a symbol of purity and majesty, pure white lilies come in different variations, such as Stargazer and Lily of the Valley.
- White Roses: The porcelain shade of white roses conveys respect and pays homage to new starts. Sending these to your loved ones on Good Friday is appropriate as respect, remembrance and spiritual love is traditionally associated with them. The color white is a symbol of purity, joy, light and glory in Christianity, and roses in this shade are sometimes also called ‘flowers of light’. They also stand for everlasting love, which is stronger than death, and is eternal in nature, sustaining all hardships.
- White Orchids: These beautiful and delicate flowers are another perfect gift for such an occasion. Standing for love and affection, they have the ability to grow anywhere and are resistant enough to bloom under any condition. In Chinese culture, orchids signify refinement and innocence. Choose a duo or bouquet of these symmetrical blossoms on this holy day – for their long-lasting qualities and elegance, which gives them a divine aura.
- White Daisies: These minimalistic flowers are a powerful symbol for Christian faith, apart from being messengers of love. It represents the Christ child, which is clearly depicted in Renaissance paintings, where the lily was replaced by the daisy. This is because the daisy’s simple beauty characterized simple virtue. Apart from this, a daisy is also representative of simplicity, chastity and transformation. This Good Friday, present a bunch of fresh daisies to your close ones as a mark of obeisance.
- White Tulips: These stunning blooms are made up of a combination of petals and sepals. Their pristine color signifies pureness, innocence, heaven, and forgiveness, which makes it apt for a holy occasion. Other symbolic meanings associated with white tulips are rebirth, a sense of hope, and renewal. In fact, a garden with a lot of tulips can also mean having ‘a taste of heaven on earth’. Whether laid flat or upright, these unique flowers make a beautiful gift for Good Friday.
If you’re considering an appropriate present for this occasion, opt for the gift of flowers, since they come with age-old significance, and speak a language of their own. At D’Petals, we provide a selection of signature flowers, which are accentuated with floral fillers – just the right gift to pay your respects to your family or friends this holy day.