Saturday, March 12, 2011


 Flowers are integral part of any celebration all around the world. All over the world women wear flowers in their hair. It is the oldest and most natural adornment. Since the age of five, I remember my mom clipping my hair with a rose or a double flowered jasmine. As my hair grew enough to have braids my mom used to make strings of locally grown delicate flowers with different color combination and clip it to my braids. Braided hair with any flower decoration would be adorable. Flowers were even matched to the dress. Flowers cannot be braided into the hair as you might do with ribbons or strands of pearls. Instead, you want to place or weave the flowers into the hair after the braid is complete. Today flowers are worn extensively for weddings, men wear roses or carnations in their lapels on festive events and what would a prom night be without a flower corsage around the wrist. Some meanings of flowers are jasmine represents sensuality, most adorable flower used in south Asian weddings. Roses are given to represent passion and love. Camellia is given to show gratitude. Garlands made of lilies, roses are commonly used in weddings. During my wedding, my aunt braided my hair and decorated with jasmines and kakambara (crossandra) and maruvam (marjoram). That is the time all ladies sit around the bride and make fun of her. Wedding hall was decorated with all the fresh flowers. Everybody would fall for the color combination. All the ladies would be offered flowers during celebrations or when invited to home. No ritual or celebration would be completed without fresh flowers.
Short hair, long hair or decorating on buns styling with flowers create an elegant look that is suitable for number of special occasions or even daily.

"Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires."
-Marcelene Cox

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