Dress: H&M, Sunglasses: Cerjo
Last week I told you that I like to pack wrinkle-friendly clothes when travelling. This was one of the dresses I took with me for my trip to Holland, since it is absolutely wrinkle-free and it takes up no room at all in my suitcase. It’s an elegant yet very easy to wear dress, so a perfect choice for the Easter weekend, full of visits to family and friends.
For me my family and Dutch friends are the main attraction when visiting Holland. For a lot of tourists, it’s the many flowers Holland is famous for. So, this dress was in more than one way apt for this long Easter Weekend!
The Dutch love flowers and they will find ample occasions to buy them for themselves or for others. Did you know that many flowers have got several symbolic meanings? You’ll know that red roses symbolise love. But how about tulips, daffodils and daisies, flowers that are typical for the spring season?
It will come to no surprise that they all symbolise a new beginning. You know that I am a story lover, so below you find some fine stories about these spring flowers and what symbolism is associated with them.
Daffodils symbolise rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life. Mind you though: a single daffodil foretells a misfortune while a bunch of daffodils indicate joy and happiness. Because the daffodil appears at the beginning of spring, it has got an uplifting meaning across many different cultures. The meaning differs slightly per culture, from a cure for baldness (Arabic countries) to a sign of hope (France). You can read more here.
Tulips stand for passion and love. This has got its origin from Turkish and Persian legends about the love between Farhad and Shirin. According to one of many stories, prince Farad was in love with a beautiful girl named Shirin. Unfortunately, Shirin is murdered, and in his desperation, Farhad rides his horse of a cliff. A red tulip grows where his blood touches the ground, the symbol for perfect love. So, in case you want to express your love, you may choose a bouquet of red tulips instead of red roses.
Daisies are linked to innocence and purity as well as new beginnings. This stems from an old Celtic legend. According to the legend, whenever an infant died, God sprinkled daisies over the earth to comfort the parents. The daisy also symbolises true love. This is because each daisy flower is actually two flowers in one.
So, all three flowers would have been a perfect gift to bring with you for an Easter brunch… I know, this tip comes one week too late, but hey, we will have Easter again next year and spring has just started, so the tip will come in handy anyway!
What is your favourite flower to buy for yourself or for others?