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Lilacs have a history rooted in ancient Greek mythology. Pan, the god of forests was head-over-heels in love with a nymph named Syringa. One day while he was pursuing her through the forest, she disguised herself by turning herself into a lilac shrub. To Pan’s surprise, he could not find Syringa, but found the shrub. Because the lilac shrub consists of hollow reeds, he cut the reeds and created the first panpipe. The scientific name for lilac is Syringa vulgaris, and the name is derived from the Greek word “syrinks” which means pipe. The Arabic word for this flower is “lilak” which refers to the light purple color of its flowers.
The Celtics regarded lilacs as “magical” because of their incredibly intoxicating fragrance.
The giving of a lilac in the Victorian Age was meant to be a reminder of an old love.
In Russia, holding a sprig of lilac over a newborn would bring wisdom.
In the language of flowers, lilacs symbolize wisdom, young love and remembrance, often evoking long forgotten emotions and memories.