Halloween Flowers at Fishlocks
16 October 2014
When you think of Halloween, the last thing that comes to mind is probably a nice bouquet of flowers. But here at Fishlocks, we love Halloween and we think there’s no better time to purchase a bunch of flowers than around this time of year.
Halloween has its origins in the Celtic holiday of Samhain, which was the official end of the harvest season and the start of Winter. The Celts believed that this one night of the year, between the two seasons, was the night at which the gap between the spirit and the physical world was at it’s narrowest, and it was the one night of the year when the souls of the ancestors could return to earth and remain amongst the mortals.
It was a time of feasting and celebration, as people looked to welcome back old friends and relatives, and of looking forward to the winter.
As time passed, new customs became commonplace amongst people in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. These new customs would not have been unrecognisable to a modern spectator. They involved dressing up as ghosts, ghouls and demons and going from house to house, bobbing for apples and lighting pumpkins or turnips to light the way.
It seems that the high influx of settlers from these countries to the United States during the 19th Century, led to the customs being adopted there and over time developing into the festival that we know and love today. As it became more popular in the US, and was represented in film and television, so it became more and more popular on this side of the pond!
Halloween is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In Mexico, it’s known as Dia De Lose Muertos (Day of the Dead). The festival is all about honouring the deceased, and has its roots in ancient Aztec customs. Families will build an honour to a deceased loved one and lay flowers, food and drinks before it, and graves are decorated with candles and more flowers. Some families even hold graveside picnics whilst they reminisce about their loved one.
Despite the dark nights and cold days that signal the end of Autumn and the start of winter, we believe that Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in a stunning bouquet of flowers. It may be dark outside and the spirits might be on the loose, but you can enjoy the beautiful colours that the change in seasons brings.
Our Halloween bouquet has been specially designed to showcase the beauty of autumn. And it even comes in it’s own glass vase which sets the bouquet off perfectly!