Friendship Symbols

Friendship > Symbols

Plum

Because it blossoms early and lasts many weeks, the plum is a symbol of longevity and friendship.

Geranium

A popular symbol for faith and friendship.

Tea

Serving tea is a time-honoured symbol of friendship. The Chinese ceremonial tea was established as a time to set aside conflicts and come to peace with one's self, as well as with one another.

Pineapple

During Colonial times when seafaring was a way of life for many settlers, the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality. A pineapple was brought back from each voyage and put on the gate outside the home to announce the safe return and welcoming friends to visit.

Lover's Knot

The tying of knots symbolises love, loyalty and friendship.

According to European folklore, a woman could retain her lover's interest by tying a knot in his handkerchief and placing it in his breast pocket.

Bridal bouquets often have cascading ribbons in which many knots have been tied, each one holding wishes for fidelity and happiness.

Colour: Pink / Rose

This color is known to symbolise love, harmony, friendship, affection and happiness.

Salt

Legend tells of a Roman king who asked his three daughters to describe their love for him. The oldest said she loved her father as much as bread, the middle one said as much as wine, but the youngest said she loved him as much as salt. Offended at being compared to such a common substance, the king banished his youngest daughter from his presence. To show him how precious her comparison had been, she had her father served a completely saltless meal. At the blandness of the food, her father recognised the depth of her love and welcomed her back into his life.

  • Gypsies use bread and salt to confirm an oath.

  • In the early European days, salt was used to ward of evil and to protect against the witches. Superstitious people still follow this tradition by sprinkling salt over the threshold of a new house to prevent the entry of evil spirits.