Jacarandas Trees Wear Violet for Lent

Jacarandas Trees Wear Violet for Lent

It seems like even Jacaranda trees want to be seen wearing the ever-present violet and purple color found over doorways, windows and cucuruchos during Lent.

Do you know why purple or violet is worn during Lent? The answer can be found in the AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com archives. Go happy hunting!

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  • that is a beautiful jacaranda tree. I love these purple trees!

  • ro

    I think they also call those trees Nazarenos, because they are in full bloom during Cuaresma.

  • Nazarenos are a different plant, is a vine that also has purple flowers, scientific name: petrea volubillis, you can see a picture here: http://www.arboretum.ufm.edu/plantas/floracion.asp?id=79&mes=mayo&familia=

  • ro

    Ok, my grandma refers to them as Nazarenos in a religious was as in Jesus Nazareno de la Merced no as an actual name.

  • Couldn’t find ‘the answer’ via your search function, but you’re right to point out the color is violet, not purple. The reason is two-fold; both to represent penitence (violet is the somber color used in the Roman Liturgy during both Lent and Advent, times of preparation preceding the two major feasts, Easter and Christmas), and also because violet is a royal color, signifying the Kingship of Christ.

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  • @Mark, one quick search for significance of the color purple or violet throw the following result, which was posted two years ago, on April 4th, 2007 as Holy Week Elements: Cucuruchos.

    Santiago Durham asked what its the significance of the color purple or violet in the dress and banners during Semana Santa, well it took a lot of digging to find out (I turned around and asked my office coworker), but I can now tell you the purple is worn as a sign of penitence. As a matter of fact, processions are a sign of penitence as well, heck the whole Semana Santa is a penitent act.