Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pictures of Chrysanthemum - Queen of Fall Flowers

image of a white chrysanthemumThe Chrysanthemum, the Flower of Happiness, was so revered in Japan that only the nobles could grow it.
While in the United States, the flower is usually regarded as positive and cheerful, in some countries of Europe, Korea and in Japan, white chrysanthemums are symbolic of death and are only used for funerals or on graves.
In China, white chrysanthemums are symbolic of lamentation, while in some other countries, of honesty.
Golden - yellow Chrysanthemum close up

All Saints' Day

is a feast celebrated on November 1 in Western Christianity.
In terms of Roman Catholic theology, the feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven, while the next day,
Yellow Chrysanthemums

All Souls' Day

is the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (from the Latin Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum), Day of the Dead (in Mexico), and Defuncts' Day (in Hungary, Romania, France, Italy, and Ecuador).
pink chrysanthemums
In this part of the world where I live, the tradition is to visit the graves of deceased relatives where we lay flowers, mostly Chrysanthemums, and light candles.

More pictures of chrysanthemums are to be seen at my latest post (click the link if interested).
white chrysanthemums

1 comments:

Diane - Daily Walks said...

What a beautiful set of flowers. I like how they are all bursting with color, even the white ones.

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