Which flowers should not be brought to the cemetery: basic rules
Soon after Easter, Ukraine will celebrate Memorial Day, and thousands of people will go to cemeteries to visit the graves of their loved ones and bring them flowers. Local authorities and eco-activists are calling for people to refuse artificial plastic bouquets, as they create whole piles of garbage that cannot always be recycled. But not everyone knows that not all fresh flowers are suitable for honoring the memory of the dead.
OBOZREVATEL looked into this issue. We will tell you which bouquets will not be appropriate at the cemetery.
First of all, there are requirements for the appearance of flowers. Overly colorful and lavishly decorated bouquets are not suitable. It is better to follow the rule of three colors and not to choose more shades of flowers at the same time. It is also better to refuse packaging and limit yourself to a thin black ribbon on the stems.
Round arrangements will look out of place at the cemetery. Florists recommend more restrained pyramidal and diamond-shaped compositions. It is better to choose flowers that are not fully bloomed - lush flowers, as a symbol of the joy of life, have no place on the grave.
As for the specific flowers, it is better to give preference to the following types, considering what they symbolize:
- red rose - passionate love;
- pink rose - friendship;
- white rose - purity;
- poppy - consolation, as well as a symbol of war dead or veterans;
- calla lily - marriage and fidelity;
- sunflower - admiration;
- peony - healing;
- chamomile - innocence;
- hydrangea - perseverance;
- gladiolus - strength of character;
- red carnation - brightness;
- pink carnation - gratitude;
- white carnation - memory;
- delphinium - purity of the soul;
- orchid - delicate beauty.
But in general, experts advise you to focus on what the deceased person loved and your memories of him or her when choosing flowers. A bouquet of the deceased's favorite flowers will never be inappropriate, no matter what anyone says.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about the basic rules of behavior at the cemetery - what you can and cannot do at the graves.