Symbolism of the Number of Flowers in Bouquets Around the World

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15 July

The number of flowers in a bouquet given on holidays is often chosen based on personal preferences, budget, and traditions. However, there are some generally accepted norms and habits that can assist in your choice.


On birthdays, it is customary to give flowers in a number equivalent to the celebrant's age, plus one for good luck in the upcoming year. Also, a bouquet of 3, 5, 7, or 9 flowers is often chosen as these numbers are traditionally considered lucky.


For weddings, bouquets made up of a large number of flowers are usually given. Bouquets of 25, 50, or 101 flowers are often chosen, especially if the flowers are roses. The large number of flowers underscores the grandeur and importance of the event.


At anniversary celebrations, the number of flowers is often chosen in accordance with the years being marked. For example, for a golden wedding anniversary (50 years), a bouquet of 50 flowers might be given.

March 8th, International Women's Day

For this holiday, it is customary to give flowers in any number, but bouquets of 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11 flowers are often chosen. This is considered an expression of respect and love.

Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day, it is traditional to give a single red rose as a sign of love or a bouquet of 12 roses, symbolizing the completeness of feelings.

Flowers rightly serve as a universal symbol of respect, love, friendship, and gratitude. A bouquet of flowers can express a wide range of emotions and feelings, but the bouquet's meaning can be enhanced or altered depending on the number of flowers in it. In every country, this number carries its own symbolism.


In Ukraine, as in many other Slavic countries, it is customary to give an odd number of flowers. This is related to ancient traditions and beliefs, where odd numbers such as three, seven, nine are considered lucky and bring good fortune.

On the other hand, an even number of flowers in a bouquet is most often given at funerals as a sign of sorrow and grief. This tradition is rooted in the ancient belief in the duality of the world, where for every joy there is a share of sorrow.


In France, it is customary to give 12, 16, 20, or 24 roses. This stems from the French pursuit of symmetry and harmony. For instance, 12 roses symbolize "absolute perfection," and 24 roses can express "eternal love."


In China, where the symbolism of numbers plays a significant role, numbers 3, 6, and 9 are considered lucky. A bouquet of three flowers can express love and respect, six flowers signify happiness, and nine symbolize eternity. However, it's best to avoid bouquets of four flowers as the number four in China is associated with death and is considered unlucky.


In the United States, the number of flowers in a bouquet does not carry as strict a symbolic meaning as in other countries. Here, flowers are given in the quantity that, in the opinion of the giver, best expresses his or her feelings. Instead of quantity, great importance is given to the type of flower and its color.

The number of flowers in a bouquet often carries symbolic meaning. This tradition originates from ancient beliefs and religious customs, although precise meanings may differ depending on the culture and context. Here are some commonly accepted meanings of primary numbers in a bouquet:

1 flower usually means "you are the only one for me" or "my feelings for you are sincere and pure." A single rose, in particular, is often associated with love and romance.

3 flowers typically signify respect and are also traditionally associated with strong and vivid feelings. If you want to say, "I love you," then a bouquet of three flowers might be a good choice.

5 flowers. A bouquet of five flowers can have different meanings depending on the context. However, this number is often associated with wishing happiness and prosperity to the recipient.

7 flowers in many cultures are considered a number of luck and magic. In Russia and Ukraine, a bouquet of seven flowers is often given to wish luck.

9 flowers in Chinese culture is considered a symbol of eternity and longevity. Nine flowers can be given as a sign of eternal love or respect.

12 flowers are considered the traditional number for a bouquet, especially when it comes to roses. Twelve flowers can symbolize the fullness of feelings, "absolute perfection," or peace.

21 flowers. A bouquet of 21 flowers is often associated with dedication and sincere love.

Flowers are a wonderful gift that can express a wide range of emotions. However, if you want to give your gift special symbolism, pay attention to the number of flowers in the bouquet. Keep in mind that in different countries, different attention is paid to this. But the most important thing is the sincerity of your feelings that you want to convey with this gift.

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