Many years ago it was a tradition for our brothers and sisters to carry with them a sprig of Boxwood, (Bosso in Italian) or Buxus as was called in ancient times to the funeral at the loss of a brother and sister. Then to place the boxwood either in or on the casket to wish their brother or sister eternal life. As time has moved forward it seems this tradition has gone by the wayside.
Boxwood is a popular evergreen shrub that has been associated with a number of symbolic meanings throughout history. In many cultures, it has been used to represent strength, permanence, and immortality.
Today, many people still use boxwood sprigs to make wishes for longevity or to express their desire for eternal life. Whether you believe in the power of these sprigs or simply appreciate their beauty, they are a unique and meaningful addition to any collection of symbolic objects.
Let us bring this tradition back to wish all of our brothers and sisters eternal life, strength and permanence. Not sure where to find Boxwood? Just ask your friends, many have this beautiful plant in their yards.
Sons and Daughters of Italy in America
Grand Lodge of California
P. O. Box 2467
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: (415) 586-1316