Meaning of Red Roses
by Brian Nisbet on February 9th
Roses are a traditional flower for sweethearts, and none more so than Red Roses at Valentine's Day! But why is it the case that Red Roses have particularly become the colour of choice for this romantic day? Well, this choice of bloom has endured as the symbolic bloom of this romantic day, and history suggests that it's been the case since Roman times!
According to legend, Rodanthe had a large number of suitors who constantly pursued her and eventually broke down the doors of her house. This angered the goddess Diana, and she turned Rodanthe into a beautiful flower - and each of her suitors into thorns! Since then the Rose has become the symbol of love - no doubt helped by the fact that the Red Rose's bloom looks very much like a Red heart- and in the English language, the word 'Rose' can be rearranged to spell the name 'Eros' - the god of love himself!
Different colour Roses are said to have different meanings, however the traditional Red bloom symbolises enduring love and passion - hence its absolute suitability for Valentine's Day! Even within the Red Rose, however, the receiver can find other meanings - a Rose without thorns is said to mean that the lucky recipient should never fear the giver... a leafy Rose is said to invite hope, and a full bunch of blooms which have opened is said to represent gratitude - a single bud, yet unopened, is perfect for Valentine's Day, as it indicates the beauty and innocence of budding love - wonderfully romantic! However, romantic men and women everywhere should remember that Red Roses are not the only colour of love - and your recipient may enjoy the uniqueness of the many other coloured and fragranced Roses available. Be creative!
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