As we learned in the previous article, different countries have different taboos when it comes to sending flowers due to their different cultures. As mentioned before I am sure you will remember this, next we will analyse how to send flowers to each country in terms of the meaning of the flowers as well as the form. If you want to sent gifts to China, sammygift can help you.
In terms of the meaning of the flower, the same flower is viewed differently in various European countries.
In France, Italy and Spain, the chrysanthemum represents mourning, is an ominous flower and is usually only found at funerals. The Germans and Dutch, however, love chrysanthemums as much as the Chinese do.
We all know that roses are a symbol of love, but while in China they also use them to express their love to our relatives and friends, in some European countries the criteria for giving roses are more ‘strict’. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, if you are planning to send flowers to China, it is a good idea to book in advance.
In Germany, you don’t give red roses unless you are in a very close romantic relationship, and you can’t give even a white rose to a friend’s girlfriend or wife.
In Switzerland, if you give red roses to a friend who is not a lover, it is very easy to misunderstand.
Also, carnations and white lilies often symbolize mourning for the dead.
In the traditional European countries of Germany, France and England, they are not given as gifts.
The Germans consider tulips to be a heartless flower and similarly abstain from giving them to people.
Formally, in many European countries, strongly scented flowers are avoided when visiting the sick, in order to prevent allergies and other problems with the fragrance of the flowers, and in interactions where flowers are the usual gift, Europeans prefer to give cut flowers rather than potted flowers.
The culture of flower delivery is also prevalent in the United States, but red roses are only used as a gift of love between a man and a woman. In addition to the familiar carnations for Mother’s Day, Americans usually send a pint of red and crabapples for Christmas and white lilies for Easter.
And in Mexico and Colombia in South America, people celebrate the feast days of saints and use marigolds to pay tribute, as they are flowers that symbolize death and mourning, so you can’t give them as gifts.
In terms of colour, Brazilians, like many European and American countries, abstain not only from yellow flowers, but also from purple flowers.
Mexicans abstain from yellow and red flower gifts.
In Australia, because May is autumn in the southern hemisphere, they give white chrysanthemums instead of carnations on Mother’s Day.
In some North African countries such as Egypt, for religious reasons, they are not very fond of flowers in their daily lives and usually only use flowers for large occasions such as weddings and funerals.
These are just some of the cultural aspects of sending flowers around the world, so be careful when sending flowers abroad or to foreign friends.