Symbols and Traditions of Friendship
Friendship Symbols and Traditions
"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle
True friendship is when two people share a deep and intimate personal bond. This bond of friendship often blends a variety of feelings including; mutual respect, love, loyalty, and an unconditional trust. .
A friend will be there for you through the good times and the bad times. No matter the distance or time that has passed will hinder a friends ability to comfort and encourage us. There are many traditional symbolic tokens of friendship that can highlight your feelings and show your appreciation for that special person who travels in your heart on life's journey of ups and downs.....
This Lens Was Created for International Friendship Month!
Willow Tree Friendship Angel
What better way to tell a friend you love them than with an angel bearing flowers ... the flowers will never wilt and the angel is so inconspicuous and delicate and will never leave!
Friendship Flowers, Fruits, and Plants - The Symbols of Friendship
The Jade Plant or "Friendship Tree"
The succulent Jade plant has pink and white flowers and juicy green leaves, this plant is thought to spread happiness, joy, harmony and positive energy. The Friendship Tree can be the perfect gift for your special friend.
Ivy is a symbol of a friendship's strong, enduring connection
The strong vines of an Ivy intertwine as it grows, symbolizing fidelity, endurance and loyalty. Although the Ivy's vines may twist and turn, just like our relationship, it also protects and strengthens, just like the lasting bonds we form with our friends over the years.
A yellow rose represents platonic friendship. Yellow roses bring sunshine, warmth and highlight affection and closeness of true friendship.
The Chrysanthemum is a friendship symbol that originates from Japan. In Japan, chrysanthemums, called "kikus" are given as gifts to special friends to symbolize the trust and value of one's friendship.
In China, the chrysanthemum, is associated with the longevity and endurance of a friendship. This is because it blooms throughout the fall and can survive a harsh frost.
Pineapples are time honored symbols of friendship, hospitality and commitment
In times past, pineapples were an expensive delicacy and when dinner guests were treated to pineapple they felt particularly honored by their hostess.
In time, the pineapple came to symbolize welcoming friendship, good cheer and shared affection. Pineapples are still thought to be a uniquely special housewarming gift for friends and family.
Symbolic Friendship Gifts - Meaningful Gifts for Friends
Jewels and Jewelry of Friendship
Powerful friendship stones symbolize happiness and joy. These gems can bring good luck and durability to a friendship. Some of the most common friendship stones are lapis lazuli, rhodonite, and turquoise.
Lapis Lazuli (Stone of Fidelity)
Known by many as the stone of truth and friendship. Lapis is said to encourage kindness, generosity and spiritually connect you to others.
The Rhodonite Ball (Rescue Stone) is a talisman of friendship.
This carved spherical gemstone ball symbolizes the strength and stability between two friends. It can also bring harmony and peace to a troubled friendship.
Turquoise (Friendship Stone) is one of the oldest symbols of friendship.
Give this beautiful gemstone to your friend to protect them from harm. Turquoise also symbolizes growing, healthy relationships.
One of the most famous of all the Irish symbols, a claddagh is symbolic of love, friendship and loyalty. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and finally the crown represents loyalty.
Symbols of Friendship Gift Ideas
Make Friends with The Animals
Animal Symbols of Friendship
Dolphins are a symbol of friendship, intelligence, and good luck. Its status of luck was likely related to the fact that the dolphin was most commonly seen on the seas when the weather and waves were calm and fair. The Celts innately understood the intimate relationship between nature and man.
Frogs represent positive transformation and are a good omen as they symbolize happiness and strong friendships.
The Turtle symbolizes heaven's blessings, harmony and longevity. If you have a friend who has endured, make a gift of a turtle as a symbol of the blessings that you've enjoyed together over time. The turtle will serve to protect and preserve the harmony in your friendship.
Picture: Seven Dolphins by Jim Warren AllPosters.com
"Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend." - Bill Watterson
"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." - Henry Ford
"Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus
"He's my friend that speaks well of me behind my back" - Thomas Fuller
"A brother is a friend God gave you; a friend is a brother your heart chose for you." - Proverb
"A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else." - Len Wein