January 2010

Valentine’s Flowers & Gifts Traditions in Russia

Throughout the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th through the exchange of Valentine’s gifts, flowers, cards and vows of love, in the memory of love’s martyr, the Patron Saint of Love, Saint Valentine and Russia is no exception. This holiday along with some others, was imported from US and, therefore, is celebrated mainly by the younger generation. Finding the perfect Valentine’s gift to Russia for a loved one is not an easy affair which requires extra consideration, careful thought, advanced planning, creativity, and your natural thoughtfulness. Always try and think unique when buying a Valentine’s Day gift to Russia. Try to make him or her feel really special and this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune, it simply requires some effort. Remember a Russian saying “The gift is small, but love is all” meaning that it is not about the value of the gift, but about love, attention, time spent for choosing the right Valentine’s gift.

It’s well-known that flowers are a very important part of the celebration of Valentine’s Day in Russia because they speak volumes about your care and consideration. The flower selection on this day is purely traditional where red roses definitely play a key role. The attitude of Russians towards flowers is very special. You should always have an odd number of flowers in a Valentine’s bouquet to Russia (this rule, though, does not apply to mixed arrangements) and don’t forget about the color! Russians are a sentimental and symbolic people, so make sure your flowers convey the right message, for example, red is the traditional color of love, yellow means friendship, white – innocence and so on (please check our Flowers Meaning guide).

In addition to your Valentine’s flowers to Russia you can add her favorite perfume, colorful balloons, fruit, cake or yummy chocolates that symbolize your sweet love for each other. There’s hardly a woman in Russia who can resist a finger-licking chocolate basket, so you will most likely get a big smile and a hug in return for your nice gesture! Cute teddy bear or any other stuffed animal would also make a great Valentine’s gift to Russia because it is huggable and sweet.

To make her Valentine’s Day even more unique and relaxing at the same time, present your special someone with an aroma therapy dream SPA basket with massage oils, moisturizing balm, a fragrant candle, a scented bath oil and others. This is a gift that will surely touch her heart and pull at her heart strings.

And perhaps the best Valentine’s Day gift to Russia that you can give your partner is something that is so precious that it can never be measured through any amount of money – your sincere unsullied love and the vow that you will always stay by your partner, no matter what happens.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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