Roses are Red, Violets are Blue...

Russians take their flowers seriously. After all, flower shops are open here 24 hours a day. I don't think I've ever seen a florist open 24/7 in the States. But, here you can purchase цветы at any time of the day or night.

They are so serious about reminding people to purchase flowers that a store near our bus stop has a lady standing outside - in ALL weather - announcing on a loud-speaker which flowers are for sale, or maybe why you should buy some. Of course, I don't know what she's saying, but I have heard the word "Роза" which means rose.

Translation - "Salon of flowers" 

I asked myself why they would have these shops open 24/7. Of course, the first explanation that comes to mind is for the guilty husband, coming home late and needing a peace offering for his wife, who is sitting at home waiting for him.
Florist in our metro station

After doing a little research, I found that, yes, flowers are a big part of Russian culture and are purchased for many reasons. When a visitor arrives on a train or plane, the relatives/friends welcome the person with flowers. When you to go someone's house, you take flowers with you as a thank-you. Of course, birthdays and other occasions necessitate flowers. Even on the first day of school, children are required to bring a bouquet for their new teacher. It's tradition!

The most important day for a Russian florist is March 8th - International Women's Day. It's their version of Mother's Day. That day men give flowers to every woman he knows, including co-workers. Female teachers get flowers from all the students. I can't imagine what she does with all of them.  

But, I learned that you need to be careful about how many flowers to purchase. NEVER give your sweetie a dozen roses!! Thirteen is great because it's an odd number. Good news is shared with an odd number of flowers. An even number gives a negative connotation - usually for funerals! Five roses would be fantastic because it means "I love you." 

Maybe some day I'll get up at 3 AM to find out how many people are purchasing flowers at that time. Then I'll know why they're open all day and night. 

Information taken from: Flowers in Russia


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