Flower Facts

Language of Flowers: Flower Symbolism in Asia

Flower Meanings

No matter where you are in the world, flowers are always the go-to gift for special occasions, and we’re all about it! Whether you want to convey your sincerity during some hard times or you just felt like giving your loved ones some fresh additions to their empty vase, you can never really go wrong with sending along some beautiful blooms.

Just remember that it’s important to realize what each precious petal represents before you start ordering away. Because no one wants to send the wrong message, especially when you’re visiting a country you’re not too familiar with!

That’s why we’ve got you covered with some sentimental flower meanings for some of Asia’s most popular blooms. Before you book that flight for your next Asia trip, learn about what makes certain flowers so special in different occasions!

 

Iris

In China, May 5th on the lunar calendar calls for iris flowers being hung over doors to ward off evil spirits. On this particular day, the Duanwu (Dragon Boat) Festival is held, which is a traditional Chinese holiday that commemorates respecting parents, elders, and ancestors.

Peony

In China, peonies are considered the “queen of flowers” because they represent fame and wealth; on the other hand, Japan calls these the “king of flowers” because they symbolize good fortune, bravery, and honor. Meanwhile, Thailand has a double meaning for these ruffled blooms – depending on the occasion, peonies can wish someone a happy marriage or great shame.

Lotus

The lotus is an important symbol for many countries in Asia that heavily practice Buddhism such as China, Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea. The flower itself is considered one of the 8 precious things in the religion, and it symbolizes purity. In Japan, specifically, the lotus symbolizes purity of the body, speech, and mind in Buddhism.

However, these elegant blooms are also featured in other religions, especially ones in India. The lotus is considered a sacred and holy flower, and it’s associated with deities like Bramha, Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati.

Chrysanthemum

In both China and Vietnam, chrysanthemums symbolize the season of autumn, but they also hold the meaning of duration and living a long life in China. On the other hand, mums are a symbol for the Emperor and the Imperial family in Japan. This is why these lovely blooms make an appearance on Japanese passports and currency!

Meanwhile, in Thailand, mums symbolize friendship and happiness!

Lily

In China, lilies are a common gift to women on their wedding day because it sends along the family’s wishes of the wife bringing a new son into the world. However, outside of these traditions, lilies are a popular gift for almost any occasion as well!

 

Flowers are usually the gift of choice anywhere in the world, and we totally get why! Not only are they packed with vibrance and freshness, they’re just the perfect messengers for anything you want to convey.

Whether you’re trying to send some positivity to your friends, family, or romantic partner, you can never go wrong with gifting them a farm-fresh batch of colorful blooms! The Bouqs only wants to give out the best petals anyone can ever have in their living space. We promise there’s something for every occasion, even if you feel like delivering flowers just because! Happy browsing!

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