Today we often associate the gift of flowers to express an emotion to the ones we hold most dear to our hearts. Though this is considered normal by today standards, you might be intrigued to find out that this wasn’t always the case. Over the ages, the act of giving flowers like most things has evolved as well as the symbolism and rituals surrounding it with the earliest tracings found in the form of flower petals at ancient prehistoric gravesites.
If we were to leapfrog through time in our DMC DeLorean by a few millennia, we start to see the gifting of flowers more apparent throughout multiple cultures worldwide.
Flower in Ancient Greece:
Cultures have always held flowers in high admiration for both their beauty and colour. For one so rich such as ancient Greece, a powerhouse in terms of expression, creativity and freethought, it should be no surprise that they recorded such rituals.
The Ancient Greeks initially associated the beauty of flowers with the gods and often left such offering at the temples and statues that personified them. As time crept by, this tradition expanded to gifting flowers to pretty women and changed how we express ourselves.
Flowers in Ancient Egypt:
The Ancient Greeks weren’t the only ones to hold flowers in high regard. The Ancient Egyptians also integrated flowers into their beliefs and practices too.
Flowers were selected by their symbolic meaning with emphasis on their religious significance. According to myths, the Ancient Egyptians sang for the Lotus flower at gatherings and held feasts as it was considered sacred to Isis (The God, not the tyrannical terrorist organisation).
The Ancient Chinese have been making flower arrangements as far back as 207 BC in what was known as the Han Era. Flowers were an integral part of their religious beliefs as practitioners of Buddism, Taoism & Confucianism all placed cut flowers at their alters. It should come as no surprise that flowers also played a significant role within their medical practices, which still continue to this day.