Today's image was/is Easter inspired. Although we don't have daffodils in bloom here in Maine, yet, I used my photos from last spring to create the heart of daffodils. Which started me thinking about why daffodils are so common in Easter photos and on Easter cards. I assumed it was because they are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring and are usually in bloom for Easter. With a little digging, I discovered there is more to the story.
Symbolism of Daffodils
Sunny yellow daffodils have long been a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings since ancient times as they typically bloom near the Spring Equinox. This leads to their association with Easter, the Christian celebration of new life in Christ.
Lent or Lenten Lily
Legend has it that the daffodil bloomed for the first time during the Last Supper to bring comfort to Christ. Some churches associate the daffodil with the 40 Days of Lent. Many in the UK refer to the daffodil as a Lent or Lenten Lily.
Whatever you call them, daffodils bring a splash of color to the landscape after months of ice and snow. They are thought to bring good luck and symbolize love, respect and high regards.
© 2018 Nannette Richford