Visiting a friend or family member in Poland requires a beautiful tradition not practiced in the United States. Buying flowers as a gift. If you have a family member, or even a tour guide, with you who is helping you in your travels, they will suggest it and take you to one of hundreds of thousands of sites around Poland to buy flowers.
Flower stands are abundant in Poland. They are on street corners, in some one room huts overstuffed with gorgeous bouquets, in the Rynek (Town Squares) of each city, town, or even most villages.
The flower tradition in Poland is so important that when being invited to someone's house, a wedding, funeral, anniversary, name day, birth, communion, or other social events, it is considered extremely rude not to bring flowers, especially in the summer when flower prices are so cheap.
At Polish weddings, flowers are a very important part of the decoration. The same is true of baptisms and Communions. Traditionally, at a First Holy Communion, the girls are adorned with crowns of white flowers and carry bouquets of White Lilies as a symbol of their innocence. Boys carry candles.
At a Polish wedding I had the privilege to attend, the bride's father had so many bouquets to transport from wedding guests that his car's trunk, back seat and front passenger seat were all filled.
At a Polish funeral I attended, the amount of flowers brought shocked me as well, as the grave was so covered with bouquets that you could not see the grave itself. One important fact when seeing the abundance of flowers on graves in Poland, is that they tend to be taken care of by family members, rather than the cemetary. Yet, graves very often have fresh bouquets on them as well as candles.
Flowers in Poland are also very affordable to order online or over the phone and have delivered, even if you are living out of the country.
The tradition of Flowers in Poland is a very subtle but important part of that country's unique charm. To say that Poles love flowers is an understatement. Their love of flowers is in everything they do.