Celebrating the arrival of spring, a time of joy and new beginnings, has since time immemorial centred on the sharing of seasonal flowers. They are used as gifts for near and dear ones, worn in the form of hair accessories, garlands and bracelets and used to ornament homes and places of worship.
Many spring festivals, religious or otherwise, are usually floriferous in some shape and form. These include Nauroze, which marks the Persian New Year (March 21), as does the Hindu festival of Holi, which will coincidentally be celebrated on Pakistan Day this year (March 23), a special day for all Pakistanis, irrespective of their religion. Continue reading