Flowers continue to be one of the most popular gifts to give to someone, whether it be for Mother’s Day, a birthday, Christmas, a graduation or Valentine’s Day, you simply can’t go wrong with flowers, right?
While flowers are usually a safe option, paying attention to the number, colour, and bloom of flowers you’re giving someone is very important. Different countries have different customs, and flower-giving is no exception. For today’s special occasion, wintranslation has your back and wants to make sure you avoid as many awkward situations as possible.
For starters, did you know that most countries do not believe in giving an even number of flowers? That may come to a shock for many westerners since the longstanding tradition has been to give an even number of twelve – think of the classic dozen roses. Numbers tend to have a strong significance in many cultures, and often help make up superstitions. And while it may be obvious that it’s probably not the best idea to give a bouquet composed of 13 flowers, you may not know that:
When picking the right flower, colour is one of the most important characteristic to be aware of, and probably the trickiest! Why’s that? There are countless colours that differ in meaning from one region to another. So it can get quite tricky to pick flowers while still being in line with the traditions and sending the right message. It may seem obvious, but it’s really not:
Now you may think you’re ready to pick your flowers. Not too fast! The bloom also has varying meaning according to where you are in the world.
Lastly, it’s good to know that in many countries, it’s important to unwrap the flowers before offering them, unless it’s a clear plastic wrap.
Now that you’re a bit more educated on the role flowers play in different cultures and places you can give that special someone that special touch of attention that will brighten up their day. Don’t forget to add a personalized love note, in their respective language, of course! Don’t speak it? wintranslation can help!