Ukrainians wove sunflowers into wreaths for girls during celebrations, embroidered them on fabric and clothes, carved them on wooden furniture and household items, and even painted them on walls. The flowers that embellished dresses and shirts didn’t have a merely decorative meaning. People also used them to protect the wearer against evil spirits, bad fortune and illness. Embedded in national folklore, you can find sunflowers in traditional Ukrainian songs, poetry, and art.
Sunflowers, worshiped since the time of pre-Christian Slavs, is the most beloved bloom and a national flower of Ukraine. Representing the warmth and power of the sun, the sunflower is the symbol of energy, life and well-being. While in the western world the flower symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity, sunflowers in Ukraine stand for fertility and unity. But regardless of the part of the world they grow in, sunflowers are known as “happy” flowers that are capable of bringing joy and elevating mood of anyone who lays their eyes on this sunny bloom.