Spring is a season of religious celebrations. In the Jewish faith, springtime brings Passover, one of the most important celebrations of the year. The tradition of holding a Passover Seder, a ritual dinner where the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt is told, is one that almost all American Jewish families observe in their homes. It is not unusual for them to welcome in friends and acquaintances as well, even if they’re not Jewish. If you’ve been invited to a seder and you’re not sure what to bring your host, flowers are a wonderful gift.
While there aren’t specific flowers associated with this holiday, there are some traditional themes to help guide your choice of blooms. The Passover story recounts the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery. In keeping with the general mood of jubilation and fresh beginnings associated with this holiday, many families opt for vibrant colors in their flower arrangements. Bright hues evoke a festive atmosphere in keeping with the theme. However, if you know your host prefers an alternate color scheme or has decorated in a certain way, you can order an arrangement to match their décor – there is no right or wrong in this regard.
Passover Seders require a ton of preparation by the hosts, so they’ll likely be very busy on the first day or two of the holiday. For that reason, if you’re planning on getting your Jewish friend flowers for Passover, it would be best to bring them inside a vase. They’ll love the extra touch of care, plus all they’ll have to do to decorate them is find some free space!
Passover is full of symbolism, and the flowers used to decorate Seder tables are meant to spread the joy of the Hebrew slaves’ emancipation and exodus from Egypt. Like with Easter, the traditional flowers associated with Passover are typically those that bloom in the spring, but Passover flowers are usually shades of blue and white. Some traditional Passover flowers used to decorate for Seders include lilies, daisies, violets, carnations, irises, tulips and hyacinths. Some families also decorate with bright yellow sunflowers or daffodils to embrace the joyfulness of the occasion.