Jasmine flowers originated in the foothills of the Himalayas, but over the centuries these sweet-smelling white blossoms have become admired and cultivated the world over. A prime example of how flowers hold special meanings in different cultures, jasmine flowers, named after the Persian word “yasmin,” are prized for their nighttime fragrance and longstanding symbolism. Attachment and Sensuality Indian jasmine, or white jasmine, is symbolic of the notions of attachment and sensuality. Particularly in the East, gifts of jasmine flowers represent the idea that the presenter is saying “I attach myself” to the recipient. The sweet scent of jasmine flowers often invokes feelings of sensuality, and the white, star-shaped flowers can also symbolize amiability. The Spanish jasmine is a yellow jasmine that is often associated with grace and elegance in addition to sensuality. Prized for its simple beauty and sweet fragrance, Eastern women have worn jasmine flowers in their hair for centuries, solidifying its reputation as the bloom of choice among modest, elegant and graceful women. The jasmine also holds strong spiritual and religious significance, as it has been a constant symbol of divinity and hope. One double variety of jasmine is said to be held sacred by Vishnu, the Supreme God in the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism, and the blossoms are often used as votive burnings or other religious offerings to symbolize the divine hope he represents.
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