The Meaning Of Gifting Flowers In Every Culture

Did you also know that March is National Foreign Languages Month? FTD takes holidays very seriously. Rose Bay florist has created a Gifting Flowers Meanings for each culture or at least two countries.

Although meanings and traditions might change from place to place, floral symbols have been a central part of human history.

Why Are Flowers Gifted?

Flowers have been used to communicate for hundreds and thousands of years by mankind. The stories and myths from the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese all refer to flowers. However, it was England’s Victorian Era (1837-1901) that created a specific language of flower communication.

Floriography (the language of flowers) was created as a means of communicating with someone in times when it was not appropriate or polite to do so. This applies especially to feelings of love and sympathy as well as remorse and gratefulness. These strong emotions can be too uncomfortable to be spoken out loud.

Although “official” flower meanings were developed in Floriography, and dictionaries, the Victorian Age allowed for different interpretations of flowers. The universal reason we send flowers is to communicate with each other and increase our connection.

Let’s take this opportunity, as National Foreign Language Month is celebrated, to explore gift-giving traditions and different floral meanings in different countries and cultures.

Japan

Japan is strongly associated with tradition when it comes to gift-giving and flower-giving. Gifts are often given to people on special occasions such as housewarmings and graduations, births, graduations, and anniversaries. They also serve social obligations like the return of a vacation.

Flower gifts are difficult because of the nature and color of the flowers. Floral gifts are a Japanese customary gift for the sick. It is very common to give flowers to someone in the hospital. However, potted flowers are offensive in this instance as they could lead to an illness worsening by taking “deeper root”.

Red flowers also have a positive significance and are extremely popular in Japanese culture. Consider this Japanese proverb as an example.

This can translate to “the neighbor’s flowers always turn red”, but it could also indicate that the grass is more greener on the opposite side. This illustrates the cultural importance of flowers and their many meanings.

The following helpful hints will help you to avoid choosing the wrong Japanese flower. We have also covered the basics.

What Are You Waiting For?

  • Red roses for love
  • Red carnations are for love between families or for mothers
  • White flowers for the occasion of mourning
  • Bluebells for Gratitude
  • Iris for happy news and glad tidings
  • Sunflowers to be adored and loyal

Egypt

Gift-giving in Egypt has its roots back in the times of the pyramids, idols, and pharaohs. In those days, it was common for kings to present gifts to gain their allegiance, or even to get personal glory. While they are not as lavish as they were in the past, present-day gift-giving traditions continue to thrive in the county.

When you’re invited to a friend’s house, it is a tradition to bring a gift. However, the gift should be wrapped in a way that is easy to open later, unless it is a dessert or other perishable food.

Roses are often referred to in Egyptian culture. This proverb from Egypt says that roses can be found in Egyptian history.

Flowers should be given as a gift for the sick or as a memorial or wedding present.

These arrangements and flowers can be used if you are in a position to select a gift for an Egyptian funeral or ceremony.

What Are You Waiting For?

  • A funeral with a floral arrangement of flowers for all occasions is appropriate. Bright colors that reflect the personality or loved one are also common.
  • You can send flowers as a group, or at a weekend after the funeral. It’s a special way to show that you care and are thinking of them.
  • Weddings can be given water lilies (roses), chrysanthemum, iris, and cornflowers as gifts. These flowers are very popular in Egypt.

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