Why Do We Give Red Roses On Valentine’s Day?
“Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And you are too”
If there’s one thing your sweetheart will enjoy more than chocolate on Valentine’s Day, it’s a red rose (or a bouquet of roses, if you decide to get fancy). Red has traditionally symbolized intense fire, heat, and emotion. But what exactly caused the red rose to become such an iconic symbol for love?
Written records about red rose petals date all the way back to ancient Egypt, when Cleopatra would fill her living quarters with rose petals. Legend says that Cleopatra wanted Marc Antony to remember her for her opulence and to think of her every time he smelt a rose in the future.
Roman women used red rose petals like currency, due to their belief that the petals could banish wrinkles. The Romans even dropped rose petals in wine, thinking that its essence would prevent hangovers. Rose petals were even used as confetti in Roman parades when victorious armies returned home.
Roses In Today’s World
With such a rich and fascinating history behind them, it’s no wonder red roses are an iconic symbol of love and romance. Whether you’re in the budding stages of a new romance or are celebrating an anniversary, giving a red rose is a surefire way to make your feelings known.
Just as there are different colors of roses, there are different meanings behind each one. White roses, for instance, symbolize purity and spirituality while pink roses symbolize gratitude and appreciation. By working with a florist, you can ensure that you send the exact message you want to your lover!
Of course, a red rose should always be coupled with sweet treats for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift! What are you getting your sweetheart this year?