Even number of flowers in Russian tradition
Even number of flowers in Russian tradition means death. You will never find two flowers in the photographs or paintings of Russian artists (the reason I used paintings Russian artist Dmitry Sevryukov in this post). An even number of flowers is brought to the cemeteries and memorials to honor the dead. In ancient Russia only victims of the war, who defended motherland were given two flowers: “one – to the dead one, the other – to God.” Now all the dead are honored with even number of flowers. To a living person in Russia should give flowers in odd numbers – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc, depending on the budget. What about the European countries, the U.S. and some eastern states – exactly opposite.
Gift bouquet in modern Russia obeys simple rules: “up to a dozen odd”, ie the number of colors matters if there are three, five, seven, nine or eleven. Even number of ten or fewer stems custom to bring a sign of mourning at the funeral. If the bouquet is twelve and more colors, their number bears no semantic meaning. In sign language, each number has its own meaning, and it can be used, which would give the correct meaning of flowers. So, if you give one flower, it means that the person you are giving it is the only and one for you. Giving three flowers can express his desire to leave with a loved one on the edge of the world. Well, five, means “I love you.” Few people know that earlier the seven flowers were given only on the day of engagement. Three flowers is a sign of respect, recognition, 7 flowers – a sign of adoration, 9 flowers – I’m at your feet …
In most western countries exist the tradition of giving an even number of flowers, because it brings happiness. In Israel they give only an even number of flowers, but do not bring flowers to the funeral. In Georgia it is believed that everything related to family values brings happiness, so two flowers (pair) – a successful combination, and to the cemetery is brought an odd number of flowers so the deceased had not taken his/her second half with him/her.
The roots of these traditions and prejudices to be found in pre-Christian world. Each country (region) had its own development and therefore often have similar discrepancies and contradictions. Pagan beliefs interpret even numbers – as symbols of death and evil. Remember the saying “misfortunes never come alone?” For many ancient cultures, the paired numbers were associated with finality, completion, in this case – the way of life. Odd, on the contrary, a symbol of happiness, success, luck. Odd numbers are unstable, they symbolize movement, life and development. Even – a symbol of tranquility and peace.
For the ancient Pythagorean personification of goodness, life, light, were odd numbers and they symbolized the right side with good luck. Unlucky was the left side, and with death, evil, darkness – symbolized even numbers.
Painting by Russian artist Dmitry Sevryukov. Dmitry Sevryukov – contemporary artist, has devoted himself to realistic painting and, fruitfully working in this genre for over 20 years. His works can be found in some of the finest interiors in Russia, Europe, USA. In 2013. Association of realistic painting, Art Renewal Center (ARC), Dmitri was the acknowledged master, assigning categories ARCLM – ARC Living Master ™. Studio created by Dmitry actively works on interior design in all countries of the World.