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October 21, 2020 2 min read

 

Lily Origin

The lily flower is often associated with the Mythical story of Zeus and Hera. According to the myth that was told many time, Zeus wanted his son Hercules to drink the milk of his beloved wife, Hera. However, Hercules was born of another woman. Therefore, Hera disagreed strongly. As Zeus insisted for it to happen, he had was brought his sonHercules to Hera while she was unconsciously sleeping to consume her milk, but she awoke and pushed him away angrily. The drops of milk that spilled onto the ground was said to have grew into lilies.

 

Lily Facts

The lily flower is a part of the Lilium flower family and is known as “true lilies”. Though many other flowers has the word "lily" in their name, they are not part of this genus and therefore are not categorized as true lilies. Lilies are the most popular of all flower names for girls. - Lilies are very fragrant and are often used in perfumes. However, they are extremely toxic to cats.

 

Lily Meaning

Lilies commonly known for representing the meaning of devotion and purity. However the meaning can vary accordingly to the type of lilies, cultures, and various color. In regards to the Greek myth of Hera and Zeus, lilies are associated with rebirth and motherhood. In China, lilies are commonly used at weddings because they are tied to 100 years of love and also tied to good luck wishes. - Assyrians and Babylonians associate lilies with the goddess of fertility, Ishtar while Christians associate lilies with the Virgin Mary, especially the Madonna lilies.

Symbolism by Colors

  • White symbolizes purity and virtue.
  • Red symbolizes passion.
  • Pinksymbolizes prosperity and abundance.
  • Yellow symbolizes thankfulness and desire for enjoyment
  • Orange symbolizes confidence, pride, and wealth.