International Women’s Day (IWD), also called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, including Russia. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.
As actress Patricia Arquette pointed out during her Oscars acceptance speach earlier this year, there is still lots of work to be done for equality for Women.
In Ireland the celebrations of International Woman’s Day has grown significant over the past number of years. Much of this is due to the increasing amount of Eastern Europeans now calling Ireland their home. Men come into our flower shops to buy a bouquet or a single flower for all the women in their live: Partner, wife, mother, sister, daughter, work colleauge, etc. Celebrating the importance of these women in their life.
This tradition has been picked up by many Irish men as a gesture of recognition for the women in their life.
Surprise the Woman in your life with a token of respect from Lamber de Bie Flowers this year. #MakeitHappen
It’s almost time to celebrate those Irish mammies!
It’s the one day of the year that mothers get spoilt, with breakfast in bed, surprise presents and a slap-up meal.
And as it’s always better to plan ahead, it’s vital to double check that all-important date.
Mother’s Day is a modern celebration originating in North America, honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.
The date of Mother’s Day changes every year. This year Mother’s Day will be Sunday March 15.
View our collection of Mothers Day flowers, send flowers for Mother’s Day, popular choices include roses & lilies or delightful tulips – make your mums day special and let her know just how much you care!
The gift of flowers will show your mother how much you appreciate all that she does. Order Mother’s Day flowers online from Lamber de Bie Flowers to guarantee your mom has the best Mother’s Day yet!
Send Flowers for Mothers Day with leading Irish online florist, order online with flowers from Lamber de Bie flowers, Your local florist in Waterford & Kilkenny as well as your online florist shop. we are a real local florist that are guarenteed to send you the best fresh flowers for Mother’s day.
Mother’s Day Flowers
When you can’t take flowers and give them to mum yourself on Mother’s Day, we’re delighted to deliver them with a smile on your behalf. This year, our talented florists at Lamber de Bie flowers in Waterford and Kilkenny, have created a wonderful selection of beautiful Mother’s Day flowers for you to choose from.
We’ve been showing mums our appreciation with Mother’s Day flowers for a long time – in fact the tradition has been followed for hundreds of years in Ireland and in other countries. A sumptuous bouquet of fresh flowers, or a chic and stylish arrangement is a luxurious gift that is sure to make her feel special.
Buy your Mother’s Day Flowers now online from your local florist.
At Lamber de Bie Flowers we all have a love for nature and all it’s beautifull blooms it creates, This inspires us to constantly create the best ever creation for our magnificent customers.
Another thing we love at Lamber de Bie Flowers is a bit of fun and a good laugh, we sure need it to get thru such a busy week as Valentines.
Hope you all have lots of laughs and love to share this Valentines Day.
The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival in February
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance
Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings
In addition to the the United Kingdom, Ireland and United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
As every year we have a large range of flowers to send on our online florist website available for you to send to Waterford, Kilkenny, Dublin or anywhere in Ireland.
Here’s and overview of the four most popular autumn flower products for 2012 so far.
No 1 Best Seller Autumn Flowers Online
Autumn Elegance Vase Arrangement 2012
Think of autumn and you’re sure to conjure up wonderful colours and textures – and that’s just what we’ve done with this vibrant vase arrangement. Bright orange Asiatic lilies mingle with birch and burgundy oak leaf in a vase arrangement that really brings the season to life. All the richness of autumn is here, plus a subtle mix of eucalyptus and wheat grass. Featuring orange Asiatic lilies with birch, burgundy oak leaf, eucalyptus and wheat grass presented in an amber-coloured carafe vase.
This beautiful floral gift is available from our local florists website for €48.00 as seen in the picture above. You can also choose to buy the larger edition for €60.00 or for that very special person go for the “Extra Large Autumn Elegance Vase Arrangement 2012” for €72.00
Roses and lilies are always a favourite choice. For this gift we’ve chosen exquisite red Asiatic lilies to combine with large-headed orange roses. It’s a perfect combination, the autumn colours complement each other perfectly, and the mix of shapes and textures makes this a really beautiful bouquet. This bouquet is a real favorite with the florists at Lamber de Bie flowers in Waterford and Kilkenny. When delivering this fresh flower gift the flowers will be more closed as we like to deliver flowers that will last longer in your home.
Featuring red Asiatic lilies and orange large-headed roses expertly hand-tied with burgundy oak leaf and pittosporum, and finished with gift wrapping and ribbon.
This beautiful Autumn Bouquet is available from our local florists website for €60.00 as seen in the picture above. You can also choose to buy the smaller edition for €40.00 or for that very special person go for the “Extra Large Autumn Rose and Lily Hand-Tied 2012” for €78.00
There’s more to autumn than reds and russets, as this wonderfully bright and sunny arrangement shows. We’ve carefully selected flowers that will brighten any day, including cheery yellow germinis and stunning large-headed golden roses. It’s a fresh, bright arrangement, bursting with colour.
This beautiful selection is full of autumn sunshine, and perfectly complements the more rustic colours of the season. With a larger selection of these cheerful flowers in rich shades, it’s a lovely choice for any celebration this autumn.
Featuring 3 orange carnations, 3 yellow / gold germinis, 2 gold large-headed roses, 2 solidago, burgundy oak leaf and salal presented in a curved, clear glass vase.
This beautiful Yellow and Gold Autumn Flower gift is available from our local florists website for €38.50 as seen in the picture above. You can also choose to buy the smaller edition for €32.50
Capture the essence of autumn with this beautiful selection of seasonal favourites. We’ve chosen rich orange, vibrant red and deep burgundy to really celebrate the season, and the pretty jute gift bag is the perfect finishing touch.
Here’s a stunning gift bag that really captures the most vibrant seasonal colours. We’ve chosen rich reds and crimsons, sunset orange shades, and rich burgundy, all helping to create that autumnal feel. With this beautiful arrangement of roses, germinis and a very beautiful Asiatic lily, autumn has never been more magnificent.
Featuring orange carthamus, dark red germinis, orange germinis, red Asiatic lily and orange large-headed roses with solidago, burgundy oak leaf and salal, carefully arranged in an autumnal jute gift bag.
This perfect Autumn gift is available from our local florists website for €28.00 as seen in the picture above. You can also choose to buy the larger edition for €32.50 or for that very special occasion go for the “Extra Large Autumn Gift Bag 2012” for €36.00
Lamber de Bie Flowers has a number of flower shops in the south east of Ireland, established for over 12 years in retail, Lamber de Bie, Dutch Master Florist has build up a name of the expert florist in Ireland since arriving in Ireland from his native Holland in 1993.
The qualified florist in the team of Lamber create every gift for you with attention to the best quality flowers and design and deliver every floral gift with a smile to the customer. As a member of Interflora we can deliver almost anywhere in Ireland and in the UK.