FLOWER GIFTING IN DIFFERENT CULTURES
Irrespective of the occasion, location, time, or for that matter, a person, to whom a gift is thought of, flowers are a perfect bet for gifting. There are no two ways about it and this is a fact that is irreversably true.
Still, regional and cultural variations in flower gifting patterns across the world do exist. It is very appropriate to know the shared meanings of flowers in the alien culture when cross-cultural floral gifts are exchanged.
Any occasion worth the name is appropriate for flower gifts. Flowers are gifted at various rites de passage viz., Birth days, Weddings and anniversaries, funerals, as well as the popular occasions and festivals like Christmas, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, etc. They are also popular as gifts even on formal occasions like Graduation Day, Retirement Day, etc., and even as casual gifts between friends, neighbors and colleagues as corporate gifts. If we keep on counting the occasions on which flowers are gifted, the count never stops. Flowers are thus the most most popular of all the gifts for any occasion.
Most of the times, across the world, flowers share some common meanings. Still, there do exist some regional and cultural manifestations of flower gifting. The Flower Expert makes an attempt to present some of those peculiariaties of flowers being given as gifts broadly in different continents of the world. Besides, a mention of some of the significant flower gifting cultural traits in some countries.
- Gifting flowers to teachers is the most popular gift in China.
- Peonies are the most popular flowers among Chinese, especially on weddings.
- Potted plants are not appropriate as gifts in Asia. A plant symbolizes that your relationship is restricted or bound up in a negative way.
- In Russia, birthday flower gifts are given as a single flower or a bunch. A floral arrangement or a floral gift basket are not usually chosen as birthday gift in Russia.
- On womans's day Russians gift red roses and spring flowers, such as tulips and hyacinths as well as solidago, which symbolize the Women's Day.
- Roses, lilies and carnations are the most appropriate for funerals and sympathy, which are tightly compressed flowers in a circular shape signifying birth, life, death and rebirth.
- Russians gift flowers in odd numbers for occasions of joy. For them, yellow flowers signify funerals and sympathy. Though, this rule does not apply to mixed flower bouquets and arrangements.
- Early Roman brides carried flowers, which they believed would not only ward off evil spirits but ensure fertility as well. A Dutch saying says that food feeds the body, but flowers feed the soul.
- In England, the guests bring flowers, when invited to our home. But white lilies should be avoided as they signify death.
- Red roses are reserved for romantic gift giving in England.
- In Europe, gifting flowers in odd numbers is an old European tradition. The practice is still in vogue even today. But 13 flowers are never gifted, the number which is considered unlucky.
- Americans celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts, especially flowers.
- When gifing roses, consider pink, peach, yellow, white, or assorted mixed colors in America. A woman appreciates a beautiful assortment of fresh flowers, as well as roses.
- Flowers are the perfect birthday gift for people of all ages.
- Flowers are extensively exchanged during Christmas in South Africa.
- In Egypt, flower giving is confined to funerals and weddings only.
Exchange of flower gifts during Christmas holiday season in Alaska resembles that of America.