Bring in images of various flowers and ask students to discuss
their symbolic significance. For example, in China, carnations
are often a symbol of marriage, and bamboo is symbolic of
longevity. In the U. S. anyone standing under mistletoe can be
kissed. In Catholic traditions, lilies often symbolize purity. For
beginning level students, bring in actual flowers and use them
to introduce descriptive vocabulary as well as symbolic value.