Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days in early spring to commemorate when Jewish people were emancipated from slavery in Egypt. On the first two nights of Passover, traditional Jewish families celebrate by hosting Seders, or large ceremonial dinners that are steeped in rituals. Seders are typically large gatherings, and involve a highly ordered dinner full of readings from the Haggadah – a book that describes the holiday's origins. Hosts prepare for Seders for hours, days and even sometimes weeks, by cleaning and decorating their homes and tables and cooking tons of food, including Passover lamb.
Much of the decor for Passover Seders is floral, so read on for more about the traditional flowers associated with Passover:
Traditional Passover Flowers
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.
How to Display Your Passover Flowers
Many people use large bouquets as centerpieces for their Seder tables, which is a great way to celebrate the occasion using traditional flowers. Arrange your favorite Passover flowers in a blue or white vase, basket or other decorative bowl. Here are a few other ideas for decorating with flowers on Passover:
- Arrange small flowers in bud vases and put one at each place setting to spread the joy and happiness to every guest.
- Tie lavender and daisies around clear candle-holders using a piece of twine. Then, place the candles throughout your dining room for a pretty, twinkling display your friends and family members will love.
- Place terra cotta pots full of sunflowers or daffodils on your porch to welcome guests to the celebration.
- Put tall floor vases in your dining room and fill them with long-stemmed sunflowers.
- If you have a separate table for kids, don't forget to decorate it! Place small vases of daisies or tulips on their table.
Sending Flowers to a Jewish Friend for Passover
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 sending a Jewish friend flowers for Passover, you may want to choose a hand-delivery service like Teleflora that requires no arrangement by the recipient – the bouquet will already be arranged by the florist. They'll love that you put extra thought into your gift! You can also simply send a blue hydrangea plant that they can set out immediately on the Seder table or somewhere else in their home.
Teleflora's Beautiful in Blue bouquet is the perfect gift for celebrating Passover. The arrangement features blue hydrangeas, purple statice, lavender, and white lilies, mums and alstroemeria. Plus, it's delivered in a beautiful blue keepsake vase that your loved one can use every year on Passover! Teleflora's Happy Hydrangea plant also makes an amazing gift for Passover.
Another Passover Tradition: "The Night of Lettuce and Flowers"
Passover has another fun tradition that includes flowers. Historically, on the Night of Lettuce and Flowers, unmarried men would stand in the street of their neighborhood holding a single flower. Then, single girls would stand on their porches in their finest clothes and jewelry, and wait for the bachelors to approach them. A bachelor offered his flower to whichever girl he was interested in pursuing, after which she'd invite him in to speak with her parents.