In Russia and other countries of former Soviet Union flowers etiquette is very important. Though most traditions in giving flowers resemble Americana and European ones, some things are still peculiar.
First of all let’s discuss the choice of the flowers.
Russian women cannot imagine their birthday without flowers. Flowers have become a great addition to the main gift in Russia. A single flower, a bouquet or the whole basket of flowers is appropriate.
New Year and Christmas
The most traditional are Christmas wreaths with candles, ribbons. The colors appropriate for New Year’s Eve and Christmas are white, green, red, silver and golden. Christmas tree is still the main decoration at Russian homes.
St. Valentine’s Day
Red roses in heart arrangement or with heart trimmings are the best choice!
International Women’s Day, the 8th of March
Every woman must get flowers on this day, disregards her age. The choice is immense, you can go from roses to tulips, solidago and daffodils, etc. Be ready the prices on flowers are doubled this day.
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Soft creamy tones, compact small bunches are appropriate. Baskets of flowers work great for a wedding party.
Always remember to give an even number of flowers. Roses, carnations and lilies are widely used to express sympathy and condolences in Russia and former Soviet Union countries. Traditionally circle wreaths are sent as circle symbolizes a circle of life as the idea of life transformation.
The best way to give flowers is to give them to show your love, affection and care, no special occasion is required for that.
Always give an odd number of flowers, except funerals and graves. Yellow flowers are also considered a bad omen, symbolizing separation. Some girls like yellow flowers, but think well before giving them.