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Meaning of hibiscus
Equipped with an extraordinary beauty and bright and refined colors, the hibiscus was introduced in Europe only in the 1700s and in the USA, even the following century. Currently it can be found all over the world but it is often identified with different names: "Acetosa di Guinea", "Zinger rosso", "Rosa malva" or "Fiore di hour". In any case, the hibiscus is identified everywhere in fine weather, particularly in places where it is always summer: the heat is in fact necessary for its flowering. Therefore widespread in climatic areas where temperatures do not drop below 15 °, hibiscus can be used in different ways but above all it is extraordinary from a decorative point of view. Available in white, yellow, orange, red and in shades ranging from purple to lilac, the hibiscus is suitable for weddings and parties in general.
In the state of Hawaii it is tradition to donate to tourists and authorities, the braided hibiscus in garlands - the famous "Lei" - as a hospitable welcome sign and, according to a local belief, as an incitement to seize opportunities. The hibiscus, belonging to the Malvaceae family, is a very beautiful flower, due to its corolla composed of large petals, but also very delicate. In fact, in the language of flowers it symbolizes the "fleeting beauty". In fact, its flowering lasts from the first light of the morning until mid-afternoon and once cut off, it withers after only one day. But the meanings of this flower can be manifold. Like the elegance and delicacy of the hibiscus, accompanied by the lightness of the foliage, they suggested the symbol of fleeting beauty, in the language of love, giving a hibiscus to the beloved woman is an unequivocal message: "how beautiful you are". The Syriac hibiscus communicates the patience of the suitor and if a response is given an iridescent flower, a refusal is communicated. For his part the rejected lover, with a blood-red flower ("I am wounded in the heart"), communicates his pain.
The meaning of the hibiscus in Hawaii
Thinking of the hibiscus, one cannot help but think of the state of Hawaii. Hawaiian women wear the typical hibiscus in their hair behind their right ear if they are engaged in love; otherwise behind the left ear if they are single or behind both ears when they are looking for a new love, although already engaged.
Often among the natives or the Hawaiian descendants, they choose the hibiscus as a symbol to be tattooed on the body as a sign of attachment and respect towards their homeland. But now the hibiscus tattoo has spread all over the world and is much loved especially by the girls who choose it as a sign of loyalty and devotion to their partner, as a synonym for the beautiful but short life just like the flower, but also in remember a vacation spent in Hawaii and the extraordinary lifestyle of that people, always relaxed and smiling.
Hibiscus in the rest of the world
In Europe the hibiscus symbolizes the "delicate and fleeting beauty" - for the short duration of its flower - and its meaning originates from the Victorian era (1837-1901).
In North America, on the other hand, this flower indicates fertility, attractiveness and devotion to the husband of the "perfect bride". In China the hibiscus tree is synonymous with fame and wealth while the flower symbolizes the unmarried girl. In the state of Japan, as in Hawaii and the Polynesian islands in general, the hibiscus welcomes guests and tourists while in South Korea it is a symbol of perpetual love in marriage but also of immortality and invincibility in war. In Polynesia, the hibiscus is worn behind the ears, not only by women but also by boys who wear it with style. According to the Hindu religion, the hibiscus is offered to Ganesha and to the goddess Kalm and represents life, growth and courage. Hibiscus is a widespread shrub also in many parts of Africa, especially in Egypt and Sudan, and from this plant Karkadé is obtained, a drink with an unmistakable purplish red color, with refreshing and diuretic properties, which can be drunk both cold and hot.
Meaning hibiscus: hibiscus in art
The beauty of the hibiscus is extraordinary and unquestionable. Appreciated already during the 19th century by sovereigns from all over Europe, for its colors and dimensions (some flowers can even reach 30 cm in diameter) it was also praised by the artists. In particular it was Paul Gauguin, moving from France to Polynesia and immortalizing scenes of local life on his canvases, transmitting a new philosophy. He himself abandoned life and material goods to devote himself to a lighter and more cheerful style of living, in a world of strong colors and bright lights, made of new sounds and scents. Although the artist had never made a particular hibiscus praise, he never forgot to portray Polynesian girls with flowers in their hair or hibiscus garlands around their necks.