By Kinjal Trivedi
The christmas wreath has been a significant symbol for Christmas. We remember it being hung on doors, walls, on Christmas trees, at the altar of the Lord or even a tomb.
The circle is a symbol of eternity. Of never ending circle of youth, vitality and energy.
We make wreaths out of fresh leaves, twigs, flowers, berries and decorate it further with ribbons. The circular shape and the evergreen material make the wreath a representation of eternal life. It is also a representation of faith.
In some cultures they believe, the leaves had to be picked early in the morning before the dew had dried. The belief was that once the dew dried, the magical properties of the plants evaporated with the dew.
Wreaths were a design used in ancient times in southern Europe. Wreaths made of gold or other precious metal were worn as crowns by Etruscan rulers which was ancient Italy. Greece and Rome were highly influenced by this kind of jewelry. Roman magistrates also wore golden wreaths as crowns, as a symbolic testament to their lineage back to Rome’s early Etruscan rulers.
Greek olive wreath made of gold
Wreath is not only symbolized in Christianity. It has different forms in various cultures. Angels and Gods are depicted using a Halo on their head and Lord Shiva has a ring of fire around his Nataraj pose. This ring of fire signifies life and vigor just as the Christmas wreath signifies good wishes.
Christmas Wreath and The Nataraj
I wish all of you and your family a very merry Christmas full of life, growth and good health!!