What you should know before giving a Ukrainian and Russian woman
Women all over the
world love receiving flowers. It is a pleasure both for a man to
give and for the woman to accept them, because flowers are a symbol
that conveys a much more powerful message than a card, a compliment
or even a love letter. Bouquets of beautiful blossoms, in all their
diversity, can declare wars and confess love.
giving your Russian or Ukrainian woman a beautiful bouquet, any man
should know that depending on the kind of flowers you chose and the
way you give them, the woman will form a certain opinion about a
man. For example, if you carry a bouquet in a rough negligent
manner, your Ukrainian woman will believe that this is the way you
will treat her. So, if you want to avoid making a bad impression but
still want to give her that special moment, follow these rules.
The number is important
While in Europe,
Canada and the USA the flowers are often sold in dozens and most
often bought in even numbers, it is something you will not see in
Ukraine and Russia. Flowers are sold individually and bought in odd
amounts in all flower stores in Russia and Ukraine. The even number
of flowers is only used to form bouquets that are taken to a
cemetery on Remembrance Day or for a funeral. If you happen to give
your Russian woman an even number of flowers, you should explain
your tradition to her before you get in trouble. It is also not
recommended to give thirteen flowers, as thirteen is considered to
bring bad luck in Russia, as well as in many other countries.
Yellow is a bad color
In Russia yellow
flowers symbolize separation. Yellow bouquets are usually given to
those who are leaving home. A man can give his girlfriend a yellow
flower as a very strong suggestion that he wishes to break up with
her. That is why if you have no plans to part with your Russian
woman, you are better off staying away from any kinds of yellow
flowers. Unless of course you know that she likes them and will not
take it the wrong way.
Avoid red carnations
For a very long
time, red carnations used to be a symbol of war and army in Russia.
In the Soviet Union they were given to soldiers who left to war and
then were laid on the graves of soldiers who never returned alive.
Red carnations are still the most common flower put on soldiers’
graves on May 9, which is the day of celebration of Russia’s victory
in the world war 2. This is why over a long period of time they came
to symbolize death. For that reason, bringing a bouquet of red
carnations to a date with your Russian woman may be quite improper.
If you care about
the impression you make on the woman, you should choose the freshest
flowers available. In Ukraine, Belarus and Russia there is a belief
that flowers are capable of sensing people’s emotions and moods.
That is why if the bouquet given to a woman by her boyfriend withers
in one day, it is believed that his feelings for her are not strong
and will “wither” away soon. To pick the freshest flowers you need
to look around the edge of the leaf. If the edges are dark or look
like they have been cut off (which is what sellers do to make them
look fresh), they are not fresh cut.
Bring Russian flowers
Chamomiles are your
best bet. They are considered to be the traditional flower of
Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and are often seen growing in the wild
in this country. Even though they are not a common flower to be
commercially sold, they are a special gift which will never be