image via freeparking ...is celebrated by the Dutch. They are known worldwide for their tulips, as well as their great art and design schools. Their wedding traditions are also based on flowers as well as innovative and rebellious thinking. After a Dutch wedding, newlyweds in Holland might plant lilies-of-the-valley around their house. This tradition symbolizes THE RETURN OF THE HAPPINESS and the couple can then celebrate and renew their love with each blooming season. The roots of the customary bridal shower originated in Holland. If a Dutch bride was unfortunate enough to have her father disapprove of her choice in husband, he would not offer a dowry. Her friends would then "shower" her with gifts so she could still be married to her groom, without the help of her father. Ha, so a bridal shower is an emancipated tradition, very nice!