Pussy Willows and Easter

IMG_0002My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: “Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees… My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet.”

According to Wikipedia, “The flowering shoots of pussy willow are used both in Europe and America for spring religious decoration on Palm Sunday, as a replacement for palm branches, which do not grow that far north… Sometimes, on Palm Sunday they will bless both palms and pussy willows in church. The branches will often be preserved throughout the year.”

 

Thanks for sharing Maria!  -Mama Lisa

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