May is a season of spring, regrowth, and new blossoms. The May flower, the lily, represents this time perfectly!
The lily’s name has pre-Classical origins; indeed, it was the Greek name “leirion” and the Roman name “lilium” from which the name “lily” was derived. The lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Legend tells of such affection of the lily by a nightingale that the bird did not come back to the woods until the flower bloomed in May.
According to Biblical lore, the lily sprang from Eve’s tears when, upon being expelled from Eden, she learned she was pregnant. Folklore tells of lilies, unplanted by any human hand, spontaneously appearing on the graves of people executed for crimes they did not commit. Some believe that planting lilies in a garden will protect the garden from ghosts and evil spirits.
In China, the day lily is the emblem for motherhood. To dream of lilies in spring foretells marriage, happiness and prosperity; to dream of them in winter indicates frustration of hopes, and the premature death of a loved one. In ancient Greek and Roman marriage ceremonies, lilies were symbols of purity and innocence and were placed on the bride’s crown.
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