Why Give Roses on Valentine’s Day?

The red-colored rose has become known as the color to give if you are deeply in love with someone. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
The red-colored rose has become known as the color to give if you are deeply in love with someone. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Valentine’s Day is on February 14, and traditionally this is a day when you can tell someone how much you care about them. Over the years, this day has become popular, with couples in love giving each other gifts for Valentine’s Day. The giving of flowers has been one gift that has gained popularity since the King of Sweden, King Charles II, learned about the giving of flowers after a trip to Persia.

In Persia and the Middle East, flowers were used to give messages. King Charles ll enjoyed this way of communicating. The knowledge of the language of flowers spread throughout Europe. The color, type of flower, and the number of flowers all meant something significant. Later, in the Victorian times, books were published with all the information about flowers and their meanings. Giving flowers to someone on Valentine’s Day has become a favorite gift to give with a message to the one you love.

Giving flowers to someone on Valentines Day become a favorite gift to give to the one you love with a message. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Giving flowers to someone on Valentine’s Day has become a favorite gift to give with a message to the one you love. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The red-colored rose is known as the color to give if you are deeply in love with someone. How many roses shows your sentiment toward that person. One rose holds the meaning of love at first sight, with two roses meaning mutual love and affection, and two roses wired together symbolizes an engagement or that you are to be married. Three rose means “I love you.” The more roses you give, the better, but 13 roses holds the message that you have a secret admirer, and 15 means that it is an apology.

Find out about more meanings at: Count Your Roses to Decode Your Valentine’s Hidden Message

Roses grew in abundance, with more new varieties being created with different colors and scents. In the 1800s, rose growers bred English roses with Chinese roses. The long stem with one flower at the end holding numerous petals was born. The mix of both roses made the Hybrid Tea range, creating many more colors with different perfumes available. The Hybrid Tea roses are special, with their flowers repeating throughout the year instead of once a year.

Gorgeous red roses with long stems are the roses that usually are given by a gentleman to his true love. Growers grow these flowers especially for Valentine’s Day, and they come in many colors, not just red. The color is important to the receiver, as the colors carry further messages.

Gorgeous red roses with long stems are the roses that usually are given by gentleman, to his true love. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Gorgeous red roses with long stems are the roses that usually are given by a gentleman to his true love. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The meanings of the different rose colors are:

  • Red — Deep love, Respect
  • Burgundy (and dark red) —Unconscious beauty or bashfulness
  • Light pink —Admiration, Sympathy
  • Lavender —Symbol of enchantment
  • Lavender-colored roses express feelings of love at first sight
  • Deep pink —Gratitude, Appreciation
  • Yellow —Joy, Gladness
  • White —Innocence
  • Purity orange —Enthusiasm
  • Red & yellow blend — Joviality
  • Pale blended tones — Sociability, friendship
  • Red rosebuds —Purity
  • Rosebuds —Youth

Today, flowers come in an wide array of colors, and they can even be dyed into multiple colors, including the creation of a black rose. I think it’s a beautiful thought when any rose is received, whatever color or number. If you are a true romantic, you can radiate your gift of flowers to woo the one you love with the language of flowers. The number of red roses you give should be according to the feelings in your heart.

Enjoy the giving of roses on Valentines Day to a lover or a true friend!

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