Why Easter Lilies? The history of lilies is rich and dates back to centuries ago. Lilies were once found in pictures in a villa in Crete dating back to the Minoan Period in around 1580BC. Lilies have several religious significances; they are mentioned in both the Old and the New Testament. Their symbolism is of chastity and virtue. The Easter Lily is one of the most well-known lilies and it represents the resurrection of Christ. The Easter Lily decorates many churches during the Easter period. The Easter Lily apparently received its name from the falling of the blood of Christ when he was on the cross. Ancient legend says that where the blood fell from the cross, there sprung the flowers that then became known as the Easter Lily.
Lilies also hold importance in Christian and Pagan traditions as they symbolize fertility. In Greece, lilies are a symbol of purity and abundance. When Greek women are married, they wear a crown of lilies and wheat which implies this purity and abundance. Lilies are also a symbol of death and in the past they have been sprinkled on the graves of children. The Stargazer Lily is one of the more recent types of lilies which was developed in the 20th century and symbolizes wealth, prosperity and aspiration. The Stargazer Lily is renowned for its unique beauty. Unlike many other types of flowers, lilies have no real medicinal value; however they have been used in conjunction with other ingredients for the treatment of fever and for cleaning wounds, burns and sores.