Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Throughout the years flowers are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. We can celebrate both national and international holidays with special holiday floral designs.
In the fall the international holidays include All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls’ Day on November 2nd. Some of the blooms that are traditionally used for these holidays include the proteas as well as the leucospermums.
Though the Day of the Dead originated in Mexico, this is now celebrated elsewhere as well, including the United States. For this holiday, marigolds have long been a favorite.
St. Patrick’s Day is now celebrated in much of the world. As an alternative to green flowers, there are other ways to use this traditional holiday color. Ribbons, bows, and containers are some of the options.
The Chinese New Year is a fun celebration. Though special food is often associated with this holiday, there are other ways to celebrate this occasion. Flowers in traditional Chinese colors would make great table décor.
Valentine’s Day is certainly a time of peak sales for cut flowers. It is even catching on in countries that haven’t always been celebrated, such as Russia.
Easter is an international holiday though the date varies from year to year. Along with potted Easter lilies, cut lilies are used for holiday decorations.
In the U.S., Mother’s Day is a major holiday for which flowers are traditionally given as gifts.
Many countries now celebrate Labor Day though the date can differ from one place to another. There is also an International Labor Day that is celebrated around the world. This takes place on May 1st, and is most commonly observed in former communist countries like Russia. This event shouldn’t be confused with May Day, which is widely observed in Britain and some other countries.
There are other earth-centered days that should be honored with flowers. These include not only Earth Day but the first day of spring, the equinox, and the solstice.
Men enjoy receiving flowers. These make great Father’s Day gifts. You could also decorate a male-oriented gift, such as a chain saw or tool, with flowers and bows instead of the usual gift wrap. Choose brightly colored blossoms, such as reds, oranges, and yellows.
For the Fourth of July, try an unusual way to use the traditional patriotic colors. For example, make a fresh flower wreath using appropriately colored blossoms. The wreath can be hung or placed on a table for use as a centerpiece.