Small Holidays, Big Impact

A Guide to Celebrating All Year Round with the Best Flowers

Springtime has a mix of seasonal holidays, somber national occasions, appreciation days, and religious observations that help us celebrate, reflect, and connect with loved ones and the world around us. Whether it's days that inspire us to spend time with our families, weeks to say thank you to our hardworking heroes, or time to throw a fun party with friends, niche spring holidays are richer and sweeter when we bring fresh flowers into our spaces. These newly budding blooms add renewed elegance to our tables, connect us to nature, and help us show our sincerest gratitude and appreciation.

International Women's Day: March 8, 2024

On International Women's Day, we honor the women and allies driving positive change, both locally and globally. The many achievements of women and the unwavering support from their loved ones take center stage on March 8th as we recognize everything we've accomplished together. Mimosa flowers are the official bloom of International Women's Day, yellow blossoms that bring us sunshine and cheer. Elevate celebratory spaces by displaying arrangements in the day's colors of purple, white, and green, and send bouquets featuring roses, orchids, gerbera daisies, and more to the people who have helped you achieve your goals and smash glass ceilings.

Ramadan: Expected March 10 - April 9, 2024

Ramadan is one of the most sacred months in the Islamic calendar. During this time, Muslims fast, pray, and engage in spiritual reflection, abstaining from food and water from dawn until sunset. The fast is broken each evening with a meal called Iftar, typically beginning with dates and water, followed by a larger meal with family and friends. Make Iftar and Suhoor (the morning meal) tables more beautiful with crescent-shaped flower arrangements featuring peonies and roses. Ramadan concludes with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, a time of festivities, prayers, feasting, and gift-giving; this is the perfect time to send flower arrangements and sweet treats to loved ones.

St. Patrick's Day: March 17, 2024

Originating in the early 17th century as a Day of Solemnity for Saint Patrick, this religious observance has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture all around the world. People honor St. Patrick's Day in all sorts of fun and festive ways, including parades, concerts, and gatherings at Irish pubs and restaurants to enjoy traditional foods like corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and beer. Level up your party spaces with green and white flowers such as roses, orchids, and hydrangeas to match the green beer and outfits. St. Patrick's Day is also an excellent occasion for wearable flowers such as corsages, boutonnieres, and flower crowns to take your festive fashion to the next level.

Spring Equinox: March 19, 2024

When is the Spring Equinox and what is it? Also called the Vernal Equinox, it is the first day of the spring season in the northern hemisphere (and the first day of fall in the southern hemisphere). Many cultures around the world have religious ceremonies and festivals on this day that celebrate the return of light, warmth, and flowers to the outdoors. Welcome renewal, new life, and brighter days ahead by decorating your spaces with colorful arrangements and centerpieces featuring tulips, springtime's most famous flower. Send bouquets of elegantly arranged spring flowers like daisies, irises, and lilies to friends and family to help brighten their homes and welcome the fresh feels of the season.

Passover: April 22 - 30, 2024

Passover, called Pesach in Hebrew, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt as described in the Book of Exodus. It is a time of celebration, reflection, and gratitude for the blessings of freedom and redemption. A special ceremonial meal called the Seder occurs on the first two nights, during which families and communities come together around the table. Send floral arrangements featuring blue and white flowers like roses, lilies, hydrangeas, and stock flowers to those who observe the holiday to beautify their spaces throughout Passover. If you're attending a Seder, bring an elegant centerpiece for the feasting table, something your busy hosts will appreciate. Be sure to ask if they prefer non-fragrant blooms beforehand.

Administrative Professionals Day: April 24, 2024

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) (formerly the National Secretaries Association) established National Secretaries Week in 1952, now called Administrative Professionals Week. Established in 1952, Administrative Professionals Week has evolved to highlight a specific day known as Administrative Professionals' Day, the focal point of the week-long celebration. On this day, we recognize the work of administrative assistants, receptionists, and other support staff that are the backbone of every office. Celebrations vary from workplace to workplace but often include giving cards, gifts, and flowers. Show your gratitude with colorful blossoms like roses, tulips, orchids, and hydrangeas to acknowledge the dedication of these vital professionals. When displayed in a vase on their desks, floral arrangements bring color, positive energy, and fresh air into the space, a beautiful way to give back to those who do so much beyond nine to five.

May Day: May 1, 2024

May Day - which falls halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice - marks the arrival of sunshine and warm weather. Celebrations can be traced back to ancient pagan festivals that welcomed spring and the renewal of life. In many cultures, May Day was a time to honor fertility, growth, and the abundance of the natural world. These celebrations often included rituals such as dancing around a Maypole and gathering and giving flowers. If you're attending a festival, decorate your Maypole with fresh spring blooms to give it color and life. Honor the tradition of gifting May Day baskets filled with spring blossoms by sending bouquets to loved ones. Finally, add beauty to your outfit by wearing fresh floral crowns, the perfect accessory for the holiday.

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6 - 10, 2024

In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt asked Congress to establish a National Teacher Day, and in 1980, the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week. The occasion is an excellent opportunity for students, parents, and communities to say thank you for the invaluable contributions educators make every day. Few people deserve a beautiful and colorful bouquet of flowers more than these hard-working heroes who help our kids thrive every day. Surprise them with an arrangement featuring bold blooms like dahlias and daisies. The gesture will boost any educator's mood and make their classroom more conducive for student learning - a bonus.

National Nurses Week: May 6 - 12, 2024

The genesis of National Nurses Week began in the 1950s when the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare proposed a National Nurses Day. In 1990, the American Nurses Association (ANA) expanded the celebration to a week-long event. During this week coinciding with Florence Nightingale's birthday on May 12th, we recognize the critical role nurses play in caring for all of us when we're at our most vulnerable, especially in a world forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank them with fresh, vibrant flowers like orchids and daisies for their compassion, knowledge, and dedication to keeping us healthy. Be sure to check with the regulations of their medical facility in case specific blooms are preferred for the health and safety of patients.

Memorial Day: May 27, 2024

Originally known as Decoration Day, the federal government established Memorial Day on the last Monday in May in 1971. Each year on this day, we pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives while serving the United States. You can honor the fallen in many ways on Memorial Day, with one being a visit to cemeteries and memorials to lay flowers and wreaths on their graves. Another poignant gesture is incorporating flowers into your wardrobe, such as corsages, boutonnieres, or pinning a poppy to your lapel. You can also send patriotic arrangements to those who have lost loved ones in service of their country to honor their memory. These tributes serve as a meaningful symbol of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good.

Spring is a time of warmer days, increased sunlight, feelings of renewal, and sweet flowers returning to our lawns and gardens. Lean into the season's energy by bringing fresh, colorful flowers into your spring celebrations. It's a surefire way to elevate your spaces and make your season more meaningful.