In many different cultures, flowers have a special meaning. Giving different types of flowers in different social situations can have significant meaning for both the person giving them and the recipient of the flowers. In addition to the types of flowers, flowers of different colors can also have a different meaning. Also, the meaning of flowers in Thailand can have a significantly different meaning than in other parts of the world. For example, in the United States, white flowers are common for weddings and births, while in Thailand white flowers are given at funerals.
Many flowers have a common symbolic meaning in Thailand. Roses in general are a symbol of love, but the color of the rose can have a different meaning. Red roses are often associated with romantic love, while yellow roses are associated with platonic love or friendship. Chrysanthemums and daisies are given as a sign of friendship and happiness.
Some flowers have a double meaning. For example, lilac can mean both love and lack of passion. The peony can signify both a happy marriage and shame. Petunia can represent both a calming presence and an anger-invoking presence. Gladioli can symbolize both the need to break up a relationship and sincerity.
Flowers, and more importantly, giving flowers, are an important part of the culture in Thailand. Flowers are given to the hostess for a dinner party or other similar event, as well as for other events and situations, including eternal love. It is important to learn the meaning of flowers before selecting flowers, as many in Thailand are aware of their special meanings and giving a flower with the wrong meaning can have negative ramifications. However, selecting the right flowers can have special meaning and make the recipient fall in love with you.