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The Lenten and Easter Flowers

Flowers of spring: Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings, they are also known as “Lent Lilies” as they typically bloom between Ash Wednesday (the start of lent) and Easter Sunday. Hyacinth traditionally symbolizes sincerity and constancy. Tulips are spring-blooming flowers and during the Easter season, tulips are symbols of love, belief, and forgiveness. The flowering shrub known as the forsythia is called the Easter 
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Tree because when its spidery branches are moving with the wind, they seem like arms waving in praise of the season. According to traditional Easter lore - forsythia means anticipation. Last but not the least, Primroses- these lovely flowers have multitudes of symbolism, including early youth, fears, a sense of being forsaken, inconstancy, innocence, and lovers’ doubts.

The Lenten and Easter Flowers

Each Lenten season, why are we giving up something? During Lent, many people decide to give something up that they love - perhaps chocolate, sweets or even using social media. This is to represent Jesus Christ's sacrifice when he went into the desert to pray and fast for the 40 days. 

Fish on Fridays

Religious or not, you may know that eating fish on Friday during Lent is “kind of a thing.” Christians abstain from eating meat on Fridays as a small sacrifice and reminder that acknowledged Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, which we commemorate on Good Friday. 

Hot Cross Buns 

A little history about these delicious buns: Hot Cross Buns are eaten every Good Friday in Christian communities. They are symbolic of this significant day in the Christian faith. Good Friday is the day when Jesus was crucified. Each bun is decorated with a cross made from flour paste, which represents the cross on which Christ died. The spices in hot cross buns are said to represent the spices that were used to embalm Christ after his death. Whichever theory you wish to attach to your Hot Cross Buns, we can all agree these are a lovely seasonal treat to be enjoyed during Lent.

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