Delve into Aroma of the World Fragrance Day

RY By RY, 21st Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/37j_o2mg/
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On the eve of the World Fragrance Day, March 21, 2014, lets delve into the culture of fragrance across civilizations.

The Historical Culture of Fragrances

The Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians and Indians have all mastered the art of aroma in their own unique manners. In 5000 B.C., the Vedas scriptures mentioned rich scents like Jasmine, Sandalwood, Cedar, Musk and Rose. In the Indus Valley civilization, people followed a practice of burning incense in their homes and on the streets. The house entrances were used to be sprinkled with fragrant waters and flowers.

The Vedic era used to carry out yagnas a.k.a. sacrifices of fire wherein various contributions consisting of aromatic herbs, leaves, resins, foods and ghee etc. were offered to agni.

Egyptians associate incense with the dead. The tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley on the Kings at Thebes was enshrined with various perfumes, oils and incense. Romans consider incense a symbol of royalty as the elites used to take bath in the holy fragrant waters. The Japanese Samurais perceived incense as a form of art and spiritual healing.

The Chinese and Buddhists consider scents and incense as holy apparatus to keep away evil spirits. They considered incense as an environment cleanser.

Flowers blossom and bloom in the spring season as they spread their aroma and summon the bees to relish the juicy offering.This process ends the process of pollination, and facilitates the birth of afresh plants again. It is for this reason that the day of March 21 is celebrated as the World Fragrance Day.

Enjoy the fragrance, nurture the flowers, protect the plants, preserve the environment, love our planet earth.

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Aroma, Bouquet, Fauna And Flora, Flower, Fragrance, Nature, Plants, Smell, Trees

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