A Set of Cultural Rules & Variations
Throughout time emotional realities have defined the mode for interpretations of gifts containing hidden meanings. As a result of repetition in a given location, specific meanings came to be associated with certain objects, as is the case described in the 1700s of the Ottoman Empire. Today, with these gift giving behaviors, politeness and decorum allows the receiver decide how the gift will affect the relationship, if at all.
1. Giving flowers to someone with your right hand, right side up, translates the described meaning(s) of said flowers towards the receiver.
2. Giving flowers to someone with your right hand, upside down, translates the described meaning(s) of said flowers towards the giver.
3. Giving flowers to someone with your left hand, right side up, translates opposite the described meaning(s) of said flowers towards the receiver.
4. Giving flowers to someone with your left hand, upside down, translates opposite the described meaning(s) of said flowers towards the receiver.
5. One flower displays a described emotion or idea.
MEANING - Two or more flowers can express a phrase.
6. A bouquet of flowers derives a multitude of sentiments or run-on sentence.
MEANING - In the West, a floral bouquet with at least one sprig of baby's breath expresses a complete idea in prose. In the East, a floral creation expresses a complete idea or poetic sentence.
7. In ancient Egypt, females often wore flowers on their hands, fingers & wrists.
MEANING - Everything the wearer touched became infused with the ﬂoral sentiments.
8. Ancient Hawaiian tribes-people believed in ritualized wearing of ﬂoral necklaces
MEANING - When worn, the circular strands infused a never-ending spirit of, "Aloha."
9. The Greeks added the tradition of scattering paths of flower petals, a favorite practice of young girls who scatter petals chosen by the bride for her to trod in holy matrimony. If we continue in the honor of ﬂoral communication, every time a married couple walks back down the aisle as a couple over the flower petals, they are saying, "Chloris has approved these feelings which we have sealed to one another in the presence of God, or the couple's selected being(s) or entitie(s)," either consciously or sub-consciously. Floral petals are used for communicating the sincerest feelings of intimacy.
10. The Romans went one step further in their belief that the Greeks offended her by tearing the petals away from the pistil and stamens. Today, this tradition remains mostly true, that of keeping flowers basically in tact when giving them in public.
MEANING - Verb conjugation is employed by various flower parts.
11. Many say Romans originated the use of ﬂoral garlands, although archaeological evidence shews ancient Egypt as the first to employ strands of flowers for festive celebrations.
MEANING - Garlands employ a strategy to where ﬂoral descriptors permeate the party or soirée.
12. The Ancients of the Ottoman Empire added a unique method of ﬂoral communication by translating thoughts and ideas by planting ﬂoral arrangements throughout the courtyard. In the Islamic based empire, it was illegal for women to read and write, especially the harem women. Necessity would however, require that the First Queen be able to read and write in order to carry out the wishes of the Vizier, always of course done in the honor of Allah, as was their tradition. Their method of ﬂoral arranging communication came to the Empire from Far East Japan.
13. The Japanese are the originators of ﬂoral communications and symbolisms. Instead of attaching separate emotions to individual flowers as they do in Hanakatoba, the Japanese art form of Ikhabana attaches complete ideas to artfully composed, unique arrangements.
14. Giving wreaths of flowers is a popular hosting gift.
MEANING - The ﬂoral sentiments are eternally wished upon the location of the gift exchange.
15. Wearing wreathes of flowers and/or leaves was popular among the politicians of ancient Rome.
MEANING - Floral circles were intended to show the individual infused with whatever cultural sentiments were represented.
16. The message of a corsage comes to us from High Mediaeval Ages. Picture a knight would returning a flower thrown to them for good luck by tearing away the floral head and returning it to the maiden he wished to choose for himself. By and by, the tradition became more and more refined to where girls stopped giving flowers completely but males are anticipated to give the flower(s) regardless of whether or not the females in their lives will approve.
MEANING - Two lessons ought be shown: 1) a corsage means, "I am taken", and remember, 2) it should be okay for males to receive flowers.
17. Canopies signify a holy area, where the aromas, summer shade, and warmth of spirit are other-worldly.