Published on : Monday, March 21, 2016
The Vatican is bedecked with floral ecstasy for Easter. On Easter Sunday, in an alter in front of St Peter’s Basilica there will be a stunning floral display made of 30,000 tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. The riot of colours will add a splash of glory to the Easter celebrations just like every year.
The balcony where the Pope will appear will be surrounded with white ‘Avalanche roses’. These flowers will be put up by a team of florists from the Netherlands.
Netherlands have been the largest exporters of flowers to St Peter’s Easter. Holland has been supplying flowers following Pope John Paul II’s controversial visit to Holland. He was given the warmest and the most colourful welcome with flowers by the “Bloemenbureau”, Dutch national flower society and later the Vatican agreed that the Netherlands would be in charge of the Easter floral display.
The florists go through months of preparations which start from February where the bulbs are kept in greenhouse at a certain temperature in greenhouse and come into bloom on Easter Sunday. They are transported in refrigerated trucks to the Vatican.
The flower decoration will start from 6am on Saturday morning and the final check will take place in the early hours of Easter Sunday. The flowers will be placed in such a way that they do not obstruct the camera filming. The flowers are placed in interconnectedness creating a sense of language that tunes with the feelings of people. Later fresh flowers will be distributed to nearby churches and the bulbs will be planted in the Vatican garden.