November 23, 2011 | Flower Meanings And Symbolism
Lilac or Syringa in the botanical world is a genus of very fragrant flowering plant with about 20-25 species in the olive family or Oleaceae. It was said that the origin of this flower according to the Greek mythology came from the story of a lovely nymph named Syringa (the botanical name of this flower). Pan, the Greek god of the fields and forests was captivated and fell in love with Syringa. One day at the forest, Pan chased Syringa through the forest. Syringa felt frightened by Pan’s love, Syringa escaped Pan by making herself a very fragrant bush, and this aromatic bush is now commonly known as the lilac. This Greek legend has a huge impact on what is lilac meaning and symbolism in this modern era.
Lilac symbolism varies together with its color variation – but these variations are somehow in connection with the Greek legend. Based on the Victorian language of flowers, purple lilac symbolizes first sensations of love, while white colored lilac flower symbolizes purity and youthful innocence – both lilac symbolism associated with Syringa innocent beauty and love. Lilac symbol is also used by some artists to express detailed messages on their artworks.
The blossom of this fragrant small-petal flower is also considered to be the indication whether the spring will be early or late. Lilacs are also abundant and popular in the state of New Hampshire – popular enough to be made as the state’s official state flower symbol. Those who are celebrating their 8th wedding anniversary, lilac is the best wedding flower for it symbolizes 8th wedding anniversary.