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Roses, the ultimate romantic symbol

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The rose is the ultimate symbol of love, beauty, romance and passion. This single flower has the ability to convey an emotion like no other and has world-wide recognition and desire. Cleopatra famously insisted on a carpet of rose petals and a rose petal stuffed mattress when Mark Antony visited. Nero, the well known Roman Emperor, covered an entire beach with roses during a high profile celebration. Greek mythology details the rose was named by Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Most importantly, roses are given as a gift to those we love to show just how special they are and just how much they mean to us. The rose is truly a powerful flower that can be used for so many occasions and for so many reasons.

When may people think of a rose, they instantly think of the beauty and splendor of a fine fresh red rose. The red rose is the ultimate symbol and gift of love, affection and romance. It’s also considered the “universal rose” that can be given to your significant other for any occasion – Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, “Just Because” and so much more. And if you were wondering, “Yes”, guys like receiving red roses also! A red rose is the quintessential addition to any Valentine’s Day gift and can be given as a single rose or as a large bouquet.

White roses convey many different emotions and carry many different meanings. The white rose is usually first thought of as symbolizing purity. The color white is clean, crisp and pure. When thinking about a gift for a friend that shows loyalty, innocence and respect, a white rose is a perfect choice. When giving a white rose during Valentine’s Day, it shows pure and everlasting love.

When looking to provide a gift that is delicate, gentle and full of graceful emotion, a pink rose is a perfect choice. Pink roses have long been admired as a way to communicate heart-felt appreciation and gratitude. A pink rose can be used as a way to say “Thank You” along with saying that you appreciate the relationship with the person who is receiving the rose. A pink rose given during Valentine’s Day expresses the delicate joy felt within the relationship and also admiration of the one receiving it.

Yellow roses are a perfect way to express familiar love and appreciation of unwavering affection. Normally, yellow roses do not show deep and passionate love. Instead, they show the giver respects and is grateful for friendship and is determined to grow the relationship. During Valentine’s Day, yellow roses are given to express pure joy and happiness.

Not only can roses be given individually or within bouquets, but the colors can be mixed within a bouquet to not only create a beautiful and magnificent visual gift but also to deliver a full bouquet of emotions. As an example, you can mix red and white roses to express pure and intense love and that your love is forever. Sometimes, mixing roses simply says that you like someone so much that you decided to give them the most beautiful flower you could find! Whatever the reason, a rose (or rose bouquet) on Valentine’s Day is a perfect gift reserved for the perfect person.

Valentine’s Day

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The origins of Valentine’s Day is based, partly on fact, and in part on fiction and folklore. Not to mention, later commercial subversion and influences!

This holiday is said to have originated from the death of St. Valentine, a Roman saint commemorated on February 14, and widely associated with expressing one’s love for another. As such, it is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day.

In Medieval times, the concept of “Courtly Love” developed from these ancient Valentines traditions, where (especially) the man would nobly and courteously express his love and praise his lover via chivalrous deeds and poems.

This romantic tradition gained popularity in the Victorian era, and in America, lovers exchanged hand-made “valentines” as early as 1700s. This commemoration became commercialized in the US during the 1840s, when the so-called “Mother of the Valentine”, Esther Howland, started to sell mass-produced Valentine’s products.

The well-known Hallmark gifts and cards company, launched its first valentine product in 1913. And the rest, as they say, is history! 🙂

Valentine's Day Single RoseHere are some fun facts and trivia about Valentine’s Day:

  • An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually.
  • More women (85%) than men buy valentines gifts.
  • For Valentine’s Day, 75% of the chocolate purchased are by men.
  • Over $1 Billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes were introduced in 1868 by Richard Cadbury.
  • Teachers get the most Valentine’s cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives, and (only) then, sweethearts.
  • 73% Of those who purchase Saint Valentine’s Day flowers are men.
  • The color red represents strong romantic feelings, and a red rose therefore remains the preferred choice as the “flower of love”.
  • Venus, the Roman goddess of love, preferred the red rose as favorite flower.
  • Popular Valentine’s symbols of love include Cupid, arrows, doves, love birds, roses, and hearts.
  • A single perfect red rose framed with “Baby’s Breath” is commonly referred to as a “signature rose”, and remains the most popular flower gift on St. Valentine’s Day.
  • Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candy, especially, chocolates.
  • The heart is associated to Valentine’s Day because it is seen as the source of human emotions, in particular, love. In addition, it is red, the most romantic color.
  • To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered lucky. 🙂

Finally, don’t forget to order a rose for your special Valentine!

 


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