Classic flowers such as the lotus, jasmine and roses are essential to the Indian ecosystem and several practices in the people's culture. Seen as a symbol of wishing one luck when given as a gift, flowers hold a special place in the minds and hearts of traditional and modern inhabitants of India.
Wedding & Celebration Decor
Flowers play an important role as decor items at traditional Indian celebrations, but no where is their presence appreciated or used more than at weddings. Weddings are grand, sensual events that can last as long as a week, and red, white and gold flowers are the blooms of choice to celebrate the merging of two families. Bouquets and adornments are customary for the wedding party, while the bride and groom exchange garlands (jaimala) under a mandap that is decorated heavily with flowers.
There are several flowers native to India that have a long history of being used for a variety of medicinal purposes, adding to the cultures adoration for hearty and delicate blooms alike. According to the website Flowers of India, blossoms like kariyat, jasmine and Ceylon hydrolea have been used for centuries to treat various physical, mental and spiritual ailments.
Hindus often offer fresh flowers to their deities as a symbol of love and devotion, and the presence of flowers is abundant in the portrayals of their numerous gods and goddesses. What Indians call the Hindu worship ritual, puja, literally means "the flower act," and it often calls to attention the high place Hinduism holds the lotus. Those practicing Hindu in India, and across the globe, acknowledge the lotus as absolute beauty, purity and prosperity and the symbol of eternal life.