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Best Flowers to Buy for Hanukkah

From roses to tulips, lilies to daisies, our expert florists have found the best flowers to buy on Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a major Jewish holiday celebrated in December. It is also known as festivity that brings light because of the candles lit during the eight-day festival. These candles symbolize the victory of light over darkness and the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days instead of just overnight. Traditionally, Hanukkah begins at sunset on the 25th of Kislev and ends on the evening of the 27th of Kislev. Many Jews will celebrate the holiday by lighting extra candles after sundown and extinguishing them before dawn. During the holiday season, Hanukkah gifts are often exchanged among family members. Families may also give each other presents on the first night of Hanukkah, called Hanukiah. On the first night of Hanuka, men traditionally wear white clothing, and women wear red. Afterward, both men and women dress in festive colors

Hanukkah begins at nightfall on the 25th of Kislev and ends at sundown on the 2nd of Tevet. The festival celebrates the victory of the Jews over the Syrians, Greeks, and Romans and is observed as a celebration of freedom and redemption. Traditionally, Hanukkah is celebrated with lights, dreidels, flowers, latkes, and presents.

Why do we gift during Hannukah?

Hanukkah marks the end of the eight-day festival of lights, called the Feast of Dedication, commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews were exiled from their homeland in 70 AD. During the festival, men light candles on the first night of Hanukkah, while women light candles on the second night. On the third night, children light additional candles, and on the fourth night, the rest of the family gathers to celebrate the holiday. While the holiday lasts eight days, the celebration begins on the ninth day, when the last candle is lit

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Best Flowers to Buy for Hanukkah

White and blue are the official colors for Hanukkah. Flowers that represent the holiday will go a long way. You can send white and blue Hanukkah flowers to show you care about them and their faith. Sending Hanukkah flowers to Israel is also a great way to honor the country and its people

That doesn’t mean you can’t mix other colors in your arrangements. You need to keep the ratio of blue and white flowers at 50/50. If you go above that, you risk ruining the purity of the holiday. Because Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rule in 165 BCE, we chose eight flowers you can gift each day of the festivity: 

Roses (Rosa spp.)

Roses are a typical Hanukkah flower because they symbolize joy and happiness. They come in many varieties, including single petals, double petals, and even fragrant types. Roses have been used as symbols of love since ancient times, so this makes sense.

Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus)

Carnations are used during Hanukkah celebrations because they represent peace. This is a common symbol of the holiday, which means it’s easy to find various flowers in any florist or grocery store.

Lilies (Lilium candidum)

Lilies are another classic Hanukkah flower. They are often associated with royalty and are known for being very beautiful.

White Lilies (Lilium)

White lilies are one of the most popular Hanukkah flowers. They are typically used to create floral designs. They are trendy on the first day for people who want to incorporate the symbolism of the lily into their holiday decor.

Stargazer Lily (Lilium philadelphiun)

Stargazers lilies are a type of lily that has large, star-shaped blooms. They look like stars when they open up and are a favorite choice for Hanukkah arrangements for their resemblance to a Star of David.

Best flowers to buy for Hanukkah

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Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera hybrida)

These daisy-like flowers are a great option if you want something more exotic. Gerberas are available in many different colors, and they come in both single and double varieties.

Tulips (Tulipa gesneriana)

Tulips are a traditional Hanukkah flower, as they come in various colors and are usually sold in bunches. They are also stunning, making them an excellent addition to your Hanukkah bouquet. Tulip symbolism makes them popular for Hanukkah because they resemble the Menorah, representing light. 

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum flowers are a popular choice for Hanukkahs because their meaning represents happiness, luck, and prosperity.

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