The beauty of flowers and floral bundles have always had their appeal and cultures across the world and across time have cared for them and given them as gifts to those they loved, cherished, and revered. Take, for example, the Ancient Egyptians who presented formal bouquets to royalty and esteemed members of society like athletes and priests both in life and at their death.
Even more interestingly, those long-ago cultures had, just like ours, chosen certain flowers to symbolize certain things. In death, Egyptians often laid the night-blooming white lotus over tombs due to its symbolizing continuity and renewal of life. Today, you will often find poppies adorning military gravesites due to our culture using it represent consolation and its ties to John McCrae's military poem, In Flanders Field.
Of course, much of the time we give flowers and receive flowers during happier times. The following is a look at three other things that certain flowers and floral arrangements can symbolize:
What Does Giving Flowers Symbolize?
- Friendship. The bonds of friendship are something we should all cherish as it is friends who we choose as our second family and who often help us through the hard times and celebrate in the good times. If your friend is going through a hard time, have a birthday coming up, or you simply want to let them know you care and are thinking about them, then a floral arrangement gift is a great idea. Popular flowers that symbolize friendship include the yellow rose, Peruvian lilies, and freesias.
- Affection. Ah, that first hint of attraction, that transformation from friendship into something more. When you are young, daisies picked from the nearby field seem to be the perfect trick in wooing your crush. But in more formal floral language, the lavender rose, camellia, and soft red carnations are key.
- Love. The Sanskrit language has an astounding 96 words for love -- and really, isn't that appropriate as there are so many different ways a person may love. Thankfully, flowers can help symbolize many of them. Giving tulips often symbolize a declaration of love, defined as perfect love while a dark red rose symbolizes deep love and affection and a pink carnation symbolizes a mother's love for their child.
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