Holidays that are not explicitly romantic can still be wonderful opportunities to show those that you love them. Easter and Mother’s Day, which are coming up soon, are times of celebration, which can always use roses as gifts or centerpieces on a dining table. How did these Easter and Mother’s Day come to be so important to us as people?

Easter is a Christian religious holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection. While a significant sacred day for Christians, the holiday is also a cherished day of celebrating the Easter bunny. While there are modern additions to celebrating secular Easter, such as eating and giving candy to one another, the holiday dates back to the 18th century, when German immigrants brought stories of an egg-laying bunny to North America. Eggs, while having been dyed since the 1300s as a way to mark the end of lent, were co-opted by secular Easter, representing the eggs that the Easter bunny lays.

As the holiday evolved, the Easter bunny now brings chocolates and treats to children on Easter Sunday. Many families also celebrate the day by hiding colourful eggs, or candy eggs, around the house that was left there “by the Easter bunny.” It is always a good idea to make a map of where you have hidden all the eggs though, so you don’t end up with one missing. Having a big dinner on Easter Sunday is also a tradition that many keeps and a beautiful and everlasting bouquet of roses from Symphonie des Roses is the perfect centerpiece for your dining table.

Throughout the world and history, there have been holidays celebrating mothers and motherhood. The ancient Greeks and Romans, for instance, had festivals that honoured goddesses Cybele and Rhea, the mother goddesses, which was the precursor to the Christian festival of “Mothering Sunday,” which falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is celebrated throughout Europe and parts of the Western world. The modern North American Mother’s Day, however, first came into practice after being created by Anna Jarvis in 1908, becoming an official U.S. holiday six years later in 1914.

The road to Mother’s Day being established as a holiday dates back to the mid 19th century, thanks to a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis, the mother of Anna Jarvis. Ann Reeves Jarvis created the “Mothers’ Day Work Club” in West Virginia to help teach women proper childcare. These clubs were a unifying force in a country that was divided by the Civil War.

Mother’s Day usually falls on the second Sunday of May, and it Day has the distinction of being the day where the most telephone calls are made, more so than any other day in the year. Phone traffic spikes by around 37% every Mother’s Day, all thanks to chats with Mom wishing her well. On Mother’s Day, whether you are giving a present to your mother, or your spouse, they will fall in love with a bouquet from Symphonie des Roses.

Bouquets and single preserved roses from Symphonie des Roses are perfect for every occasion, and this April and May you should give the gift of a rose that will last for an entire year. With Canada wide delivery there is no reason not to enjoy the perfect rose all year.

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