Much flower symbolism comes from the Far East, one of the natural habitats of the lily. In China, the lily has even become a highly elevated flower full of happiness. A Chinese proverb says, “If you have two loaves, sell one and buy a lily.” It means that we find our happiness not only in fulfilling primary needs, but also in the beauty of nature. To feel “happy” we need this just as much as our basic necessities such as food and drink. The lily has the power to please our mind and soul.
Lilies of course come in many colors, but the white lily has the most symbolism. For example, she symbolizes femininity. In Greek and Roman times, as a bride, you were given a crown of lilies in the hope of a fertile life.
The white lily also symbolizes eternal love and purity. In Victorian times, a woman received a sweet-smelling lily from her lover, showing his love for her. That is why white lilies are also often used in wedding bouquets. On the other hand, white lilies are also common in funeral bouquets. The serene and pure look of the lily expresses emotions in times of loss and mourning. Here the lily symbolizes transience, but of course still the eternal love that will remain.
The lily is full of symbolism, which makes this flower perfect to give as a gift on a special occasion or linked to a personal message!