What is the etymology of the garland


God statue with garland

A garland is a decorative chain made of flowers, leaves, paper or other materials that is hung on festive occasions, for example as room or table decorations, on the Christmas tree or around a person's neck. In India and other parts of Asia, flower garlands serve as a festive gift when visiting temples, at weddings, on New Year's Day, etc. Garlands can be arranged next to each other or overlapping; the ends usually hang loosely.

A festoon is also used as a more voluminous, stylized architectural ornament.


The word comes from the French "Guirlande" and the Italian "Ghirlanda" for a braid.

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  • Front door frame decorated with garland

  • Garlands of light in Vienna, Graben (New Year's Eve 2010)

  • Folk festival decoration in Moncarapacho, Portugal


  • Painted festoons

  • Feston on a classical facade

See also


  • Adolf Ernst Napp: Bukranion and Guirlande. Contributions to the history of the development of the Hellenistic and Roman decorative arts. Bechstein, Wertheim am Main 1933, DNB 570946492 (Inaugural dissertation to obtain a doctorate from a high philosophy faculty at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg 1930, 49 pages).

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