Flowers make perfect gifts for almost anyone and the sheer selection on offer is almost mind boggling. We all know that red rose symbolise love, but what about other flowers?
Do any of them have any symbolic meaning? Obviously, this can change dramatically from culture to culture and religion to religion but there’s no disputing the fact that flowers play a very important part in many parts of the world. For example, if you travel to India or Thailand, you will see that various flowers adorn temples and homes across both countries but cultural and religious reasons aside, are there any flowers that are associated with certain dates? Read on to find out.
For the purpose of clarity and for reasons of easy translation, the flowers listed below, and their symbolic or seasonal meaning are based on traditions practiced in the western world. Don’t worry if you are based in Asia. You can check out and buy flowers Bangkok Thailand florists are offering for auspicious dates on the western calendar as well!
TYPES OF FLOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH CERTAIN EVENTS OR OCCASIONS
- Red Roses – As previously mentioned, red roses are a symbol of love and whilst not entirely exclusive to western culture, this is where they are most associated with. Common times of year for giving red roses as a gift are, of course, Valentine’s Day and also a loved one’s birthday.
- Easter – Easter in northern Europe, particularly the UK, symbolises the changing of the seasons and is usually the time when the spring season starts. Flowers such as white lilies, daffodils and tulips are traditional gifts at this time of year, with vibrant yellow daffodils present in hedgerows and grass verges throughout the country.
- Weddings – Again, roses top the list at many weddings in the UK but not generally red roses. This is the time where pink, white or even yellow roses adorn the ceremony venue and are held by various members of the wedding group. In Thailand, particularly for beach weddings, orchids are a firm favourite and they are stocked in a plethora of colours by all good Thai florists.
- Funerals – The most common colour of flowers seen at funerals in the western world are white. The colour white is said to symbolise the soul of the departed and seen as a sign of both sympathy and empathy for the loved ones left behind.
- Birthday Parties and Anniversaries – The good thing about buying flowers for big birthdays and anniversary parties is that absolutely anything goes, except flowers that are associated with funerals. Big bright bouquets with a selection of different flowers are the best way to say a big hurray to celebrate the occasions and set the scene for a memorable party.
Unless you are lucky enough to live in an area where the most beautiful flowers grow in the wild, the chances are you will need to visit a quality florist for your flowers. There are many top-class florists from Bangkok to Birmingham where you can select from a dazzling array of quality blooms.