Thank you for this post, I agree with this sentiment. As a floral designer and an avid lover of flowers, it makes me sad to hear people say that cut flowers are a waste of money and don’t last. But the feeling of happiness, joy and beauty they bring –cannot be summed up in a monetary value.
I didn’t set out to link flowers to culture, but there they are.
Dutch people stick tulips into vases. Brazilians arrange flowers on little pots that they hang all over white walls. Hawaiians make lei garlands out of flowers and wear them when they dance. Arabs dry flowers and powder them along with herbs for their bakhoor incense. Americans and Europeans arrange flowers elaborately in funky vases. And Indians string flowers so that they can hang that string across doorways or wear it braided into their hair. In one sense, flowers are the ultimate luxury, because they are ephemeral, beautiful and sometimes fragrant.
One of the arguments I have here in India has to do with fashion, luxury and culture. Indians of my generation pretty much wear western clothes and have adopted western ideas of beauty. We all wear lipstick…
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