It’s no secret that women LOVE flowers as gifts. It is just as true (maybe even more so) for Russian women as they take into account the way that you present flowers (or your choice), is a direct link to how she will be treated (by you). Giving flowers as gifts to Russian women will (most of the time) be very memorable moments and enjoy accepting them for many reasons because what’s more beautiful than a lovely bouquet of flowers? If you know or have any Russian women in your life and really want to make an impression, here are some of the things you will have to avoid. Don’t make these common mistakes through simple, cultural differences!
Stay Away From Carnations!
It is a common Russian custom to bring red orchids to the graves of their loved ones that died as a result of war, t honour them. If you present some red carnations to any Russian woman, they will certainly be offended and take this wrongly. The red carnation is most commonly used on the 9th of May (Russian Victory Day) for the same effect on a National level at the Red Square in Moscow. It is utterly wrong to present Russian women with these flowers so avoid them!
Avoid Even Numbered Flower Bouquets!
Russian culture has been accustomed to presenting an odd number of flowers as gifts due to the fact that giving flowers in even numbers is a bad omen. Again as with the red carnations, any number of even flowers placed on graves is also a tradition. So the point? Keep those bouquets odd numbered! You don’t want to upset your Russian recipient.
Stay Away from 13!
Yes it may be an odd number, you might think, but the problem is that 13 is the unlucky number in Russia (as with most cultures). When you arrange that odd numbered bouquet, avoid 13 at all costs!
Avoid Yellow Flowers
Deception and parting ways or ending relationships are the common practices linked with yellow flowers in Russia. If you present yellow flowers to your Russian girlfriend or partner, she may take that as a representation that you want to break up, as nicely as possible of course. Unless you want to break up with your Russian woman, avoid yellow flowers!
Don’t Gift Old Flowers
If your flowers do not last very long (due to not being fresh or other reasons), Russian women will think that your relationship will not last very long either. You need to pay close attention to the flowers you are buying for not only the above reasons but for any crumpling or yellowing of the leaves. You need to buy the freshest flowers possible if you are to impress any Russian women in your life.
Culture and tradition may employ some silly superstitions but many Russian women follow these principles and really, it is more the effort you take in following their culture. Presenting your Russian woman with the perfect flower bouquet will help your image, and her image among family members and gossiping relatives (all families do it).
Pay attention to what you say to your Russian significant other and what you do. Flowers are just a lovely gift that will impress her and make her smile for days. Always remember to keep those tips mentioned previously in mind and you will keep things going great!