The Lily of the Valley has had many meanings over the centures. The Lily of the Valley signifies the return of happiness. This sweet flower is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. The Lily of the Valley flower is the birth month flower for May. The second part of the Lily of the Valley’s scientific name, Convallaria Magalis, means “that which belongs to May”. A legend tells of the affection of a Lily of the Valley for a nightingale that did not come back to the woods intil the flower bloomed in May. Traditionally, the Lily of the Valley flower is sold everywhere in France on the first day of May. These delicate flowers are seen as a good luck charm and bringer of happiness.
Lilies of the Valley flowers are often given as a gift to celebrate the birth of a new baby in some countries in the world. They are also ideal and have been used for centures in bridal bouqets as association with purity.
In Christianity the Lily of the Valley flower is a symbol of both Christ and the Virgin Mary. It is often called the “Ladder to heaven” or “Jacob’s tears”, and is cosidered the sign of Christ’s second coming. According to a Christian legend, the tears of the Virgin Mary turned into Lilies of the Valley at the crucifixion of her son Jesus. That’s why sometimes these tiny flowers are called Mary’s tears.
The Lily of the Valley was the floral emblem of Yugoslavia and it also became the national flower of Finland in 1967.
In the Language of flowers the Lily of the Valley flower symbolizes purity, sweetness and humility.
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