One of the many beautiful holidays upon us this season is Hanukkah. If you are unfamiliar with the holiday it is also known as the Festival of lights. It’s a Jewish Festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed by lighting candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called the menorah. Hanukkah festivities include singing Hanukkah songs, playing the game dreidel and eating oil based foods. Let us add to your own Hanukkah celebration with some beautiful arrangements dedicated to the holiday.
A dreidel is a spinning top with four sides, each inscribed with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The Hebrew letters inscribed on a dreidel are a Nun, Gimel, Hey or Chai, and Shin. The letters form an acronym for the Hebrew saying Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, which can be translated to “a great miracle happened there,” referring to the miracle which Hanukkah is centered around. Here is our interpretation of the dreidel in flower form to beautify your celebration.
The six pointed Star of David is a common symbol for Judaism and Israel. It is named after King David of ancient Israel. The Star of David may have originated from the Shield of David. It may also have evolved from the mysterious Seal of Solomon that was used in the ancient world as a talisman. Here is our representation of the well known Star of David.
The significance of blue and white with Hanukkah
The colors that represent Hanukkah are blue and white. One of the reasons for that is that blue and white and the colors of the Israeli flag. Also in 1894 the Jewish poet Ludwig August Frankl named blue and white “the colors of Judah” in a poem not so surprisingly called “Judah”s Colours.” Blue and white come with universal associations as well. White represents purity, peace and light. Blue is associated with the sky, faith, wisdom and truth.
Our signature rose boxes are the perfect way to display the beautiful Hanukkah colors. Here are some of our favorite options with royal blue and white colors.
If you prefer a lighter more pastel blue, here are our signature mix arrangements filled with roses, dahlias, orchids, hydrangeas, peonies, callas etc. They can serve as a gift, an impressive centerpiece or a decoration for your home in the Hanukkah season!