Flowers for Chinese Funerals

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Flowers for Chinese Funerals
White flowers are acceptable for a Chinese funeral. (tombe image by thierry planche from Fotolia.com)

As with cultures all over the world, the Chinese people have special customs for funeral services. Giving flowers in the event of a death is perfectly acceptable in Chinese culture; however, red flowers should never be sent for a funeral. White flowers are most often sent to family members of the deceased, and a white/yellow combination is very popular at a Chinese funeral. There are several types of flowers that are acceptable for Chinese funerals.

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Chrysanthemums

Yellow and white chrysanthemums are a popular flower arrangement in Chinese funerals. This flower comes in several different forms such as daisy-like, decorative, pom-poms and buttons. They are a tropical Asian flower used often in this Asian culture.

Flowers for Chinese Funerals
Yellow chrysanthemums are a popular flower at Chinese funerals. (yellow chrysanthemum image by Jason Murillo from Fotolia.com)

Roses

One of the most popular flowers in the world, the rose comes in many variations and colours. Roses have been used in funerals as far back as ancient Egypt where they were made into wreaths, which is still a popular flower arrangement of today. In Chinese culture, the history of the rose goes as far back as Confucius when he said that the Imperial library was full of books on roses in the years 551 B.C. to 479 B.C.

Flowers for Chinese Funerals
An orange rose is a nice colour to use for a Chinese funeral. (Rose Rose image by Jan Wowra, Frankfurt from Fotolia.com)

Lilies

The first historical evidence of the lily dates as far back as 1580 B.C. in Crete and is a flower of mythic proportions to the Greeks. This common funeral flower symbolises the restoration of innocence after death. The white stargazer lily particularly represents sympathy for the grieving.

Flowers for Chinese Funerals
A lily represents sympathy in cultures all over the world. (lily image by Maciej Syrek from Fotolia.com)

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