Vietnamese people sometimes gift flowers to men on their birthdays, longevity celebrations and Tet festival. Flowers are known as perfect gifts for women including your girlfriends, her mother and sisters, female partners and colleges. Flowers have different meanings in different countries so that the article about Top 10+ flowers you should and shouldn’t give Vietnamese people helps you to deal with culture shock, not to make mistakes and choose suitable flowers to gift Vietnamese people around you.
Note: 1: girlfriend, 2: middle-aged women, 3: female friends and colleges, 4: happy birthday, 5: longevity celebration, 6: Tet festival, 7: visit a host/hostess, 8: funeral, 9: teacher, 10: ancestral altar, x1: not to gift your girlfriend.
Rose (Hoa hồng) 1 2 3 4 5 7 9
Rose has become the top flower in Vietnam, it has been used to decorate houses, wedding and birthday parties thanks to its beauty, a wide range of colors and meanings. Red, pink, blue, purple, white flowers are for your girlfriend. Yellow roses are usually gifted to friends. The number of roses is important in Vietnam.
- Red rose represents deep love.
- Pink roses are for delicate girls.
- White rose represents pure love.
- 1: only you in my heart.
- 3: I love you (Anh yêu em).
- 4: Nothing separates us. However, number four (“bốn”,”tứ”) is sometimes pronounced the same way as “tử” (die) so that some Vietnamese people believe that it is an unlucky number.
- 7: secretly in love.
- 9: I love you for the entire of my life.
- 10: perfect love.
- 11: You are my only love.
- 15: I am sorry. In case you did something wrong with her, gift her 15 roses as a sorry.
- 20: I love you with my heart and soul.
- 21: true love.
- 36: remind of romantic memories.
- 40: my love is only for you.
- 44: we will come to the end of the road together.
- 47: you are absolutely unique.
- 50: unconditional love.
- 51: you are always in my mind.
- 66: my love never changes.
- 100: nothing can be compared with my love for you.
- 999: I love you forever.
- 1001: We are together forever.
Baby’s breath (Hoa bi) 1
Baby’s breath represents purity and pure love.
Sunflower (Hoa hướng dương) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9
Sunflower represents adoration and loyalty. A bunch of sunflowers is a great choice for a strong girl.
Hydrangea (Hoa cẩm tú cầu) 1 2 3 4 6 7
Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotion. It is considered the Goddess of luckiness, thankfulness and abundance.
Red tulip (Hoa tuy líp) 1
Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, purple one symbolizes royalty.
Wavyleaf sea lavender (Hoa salem) 1
Wavyleaf sea lavender represents faithfulness and greatness.
Gladiolus (Hoa lay ơn) 1 6 10
Gladiolus means dating, it helps you to tell her that you fall in love with her and are looking forward to seeing her.
Daisy (Hoa cúc) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10
Daisy represents faithfulness, sincere, eternity.
Lilac (Hoa đinh tử hương) 1
Lilac sents a message about starting a new love, white lilac tells her that I will wait until you love me, 4-leaf lilac is for lovers. It has been said that the sweetness of lilac is the sweetness of love.
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Moth orchid (Lan hồ điệp) 2 5 6 7 9
Moth orchid represents happiness, fortune, prosperity and luckiness. It is a favorite flower to gift at Tet, when you visit a host/hostess.
Cathedral bell (Hoa sống đời) 4 9
Cathedral bell represents longevity. It is a good choice for old people.
Texas bluebell (Hoa cát tường) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9
Texas bluebell has many good meanings so that it can be gifted to all women as best wishes.
Gerbera (Hoa đồng tiền) 1 2 3 4 6 7 9
Gerbera represents happiness and prosperity.
Rosa canina 6
Rosa canina or dog roses are good Tet flower gift in Vietnam because it brings luckiness to receivers.
Marigold 5 6
Marigold represents ruthlessness, selfishness, jealousness so that you should not gift marigolds to your girlfriend. However, it is the top flower at Tet festival and top flower to gift the elderly.
Lily 2 3
Lily (“li”) means separated (“chia li”) so that you should not gift it to your girlfriend. In fact, this beautiful and smelling flower is one of the most flowers for decorating houses in Vietnam.
Tuberose (Hoa huệ tây) 10
Tuberoses are usually arranged on ancestral altars and they should not be gifted to any Vietnamese person.
Purple and white orchid wreath 8
Purple and white orchid wreaths are usually brought to funerals.
Yellow tulip x1
Yellow tulip represents secret affair and is not a good flower gift.
Lotus x1 2
Lotus represents separated love so that it should not be gifted to your girlfriend. However, a bunch of lotuses is recommended to gift middle-aged and old women.
Yellow carnation x1 2 3 4 5
Yellow carnation means you would like to refuse her love.
Bluebell (Hoa chuông xanh) x1
Primulaceae (Hoa anh thảo) x1
Primulaceae: goodbye my love.
Purple Hyacinthaceae (Hoa dạ lan hương) x1
Purple Hyacinthaceae: Sorry, forgive me, I can not love you.
Above are the Top 10+ flowers you should and shouldn’t give Vietnamese people and I hope you will choose the most beautiful and meaningful to give Vietnamese women around you.