The month of May is named after the ancient greek goddess, Maia the goddess of growing plants, and this month we’re celebrating all the empowered and strong women in our lives. From Mother’s Day blooms to Hong Kong happenings the floristry team share what’s on their radar for the month ahead.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Our Mother’s moon bouquet and flower jars are an ode to femininity and motherhood. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. While in early christianity, the fourth Sunday in Lent was known as ‘Mothering Sunday’, the day when people would visit their ‘mother’/main church for a special service. Over time the festival evolved to become less-religious and children would gift flowers to their mothers as a symbol of love and appreciation. Mother’s Moon is filled with a pretty and soft colour palette of pale pinks, clean whites and deep purples to symbolise the feminine, pure and mysterious side of empowered females in our lives.
The full moon will fall on the 18th May. It is known as Mother’s or Flower Moon, reflecting a time when the land is most fertile and nature is in full bloom. Another name for May’s full moon is Milk Moon; a period when cows, goats and sheep are enjoy nature’s plentiful grass and herbs and produce lots of vitamin-rich milk for their young. In Ayuverdic traditions, moon milk is a warm and spicy evening milk drink to aid a peaceful night’s sleep.
During the month of May, there are an abundance of festivals and happenings in the city. The Cheung Chau bun festival from 9th - 13th May is dedicated to the god Pak Tai, as a thanks for protecting the island and driving away evil spirits. The highlight of the lively festival is the bun grabbing competition where contestants scramble the 60ft bun tower to grab as many buns as possible. The annual Le French May festival showcases the french creative talents within art, design, music and theatre. We’re looking forward to seeing the Willy Ronis photography exhibition at The University of Hong Kong Art Gallery and Museum and Le French Design, so Starck, so Bouroullec… an exhibition that encapsulates the elegance of french design.
Emerald is the birthstone for May, the renewal of life and nature are often associated with the deep green hue of the stones. According to legend, the stone was believed to prevent epilepsy, stop bleeding, cure a fever, and protect the wearer from panic attacks. Its stunning colour was also said to rest and relieve eyes. The Ancient Romans dedicated emeralds to the goddess Venus, as the green shade symbolised nature’s reproductive qualities. In the middle ages, it was believed emeralds had the power to predict the future.
Gluestick Fest on 12th May will be the first one-day festival organised by Hong Kong independent music events organizer and promoter - Gluestick. The inaugural line up features both local and international artists, such as British indie band Kero Kero Bonito, Thailand’s lover boy Phum Viphurit and Taiwanese indie darlings Sunset Rollercoaster.
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The Witching Hour Flower Bouquet
Magic Hour Flower Bouquet
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