Old Symbols New Beginnings— Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro Detroit
Photo Courtesy Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro Detroit
In recognition of the many symbols and rituals used to usher in the New Year, this arrangement has been carefully and thoughtfully created. A golden long and narrow rectangular container serves as the base of the design to represent the prosperity of the New Year. Evergreen foliage, often used to symbolize everlasting life and to ward off evil creates a lush bed. Candles are used by many cultures to not only symbolize life and the driving away of darkness, but the smoke from the flame represents for many the prayers and thoughts rising.
The garland of cranberries twined with red string or yarn, a symbol of peace to certain American Indians, has also been used for its healing properties. The beautiful deep red of the cranberries is further enhanced by the use of a fresh pomegranate, which has been opened to show its seeds. The pomegranate is a powerful symbol of prosperity and for many cultures represents knowledge, learning and wisdom. In Greek mythology, the seeds of the pomegranate are part of the mythology of the changing of the seasons from winter to spring.
A cluster of grapes is present to bring to mind the Spanish practice of placing twelve grapes in a glass of wine or champagne, which is then used to toast your guests at midnight. As the wine is drunk the grapes are eaten one at a time with each representing a month of the New Year. A wish is made for each grape as it is eaten. White roses, a symbol of purity and honesty lend their elegant beauty. Stems of wheat are added as a symbol of love and charity as well as guard against conceit. A flourish of ivy to the right invokes the Celtic symbolism of connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth.
Ever intertwining, the ivy is an example of the twists and turns our friendships take but also a testimony to the long-lasting connections and bonds we form with our friends that last over the years. Holly is used for its belief in bringing good luck, warding off evil and reincarnation and rebirth, and springs of rosemary for its connection with remembrance. aboutflowersblog.com/old-rituals-and-new-beginnings/