The gift of roses is embedded with meaning. It says a lot more than words can express. Thanks to this magical flower, millions of people have been able to express the word ‘I love you’ without actually saying the word. The question is, how did roses become a symbol of love? Of course, there are many other beautiful flowers like orchids, tulips, and gladiolus, but none has been able to replace roses in the world of love. So, why are red roses associated with passion and lover? When did it all start? To answer this question, we’ll have to take a trip down to the century back. Welcome into the world of enlightenment as we journey back into centuries ago.
- The Greek Mythology
In Greek mythology, the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, was said to regularly wear roses around her neck, feet, or head. If you search for Aphrodite online now, you will come across her pictures, decked in roses. That’s not all, myth has it that a rose bush grew from the blood of Adonis, Aphrodite’s lover, when he died.
- Romeo and Juliet
Different lines from the 1595 tale connect to roses and lovers. In the novel, the rose symbolizes a lot of things, including love, passion, and beauty. Its thorns are also symbolic of the pain that is often associated with love. The rose symbolized the love relationship between Romeo and Juliet. The same rose was what killed both of them.
- The European Victorian Era
Between 1837 and 1901, a show of affection in public was seriously frowned upon. During this time, it was impossible to ask someone for a date and the only way lovers could express their love and feelings for each other was by giving red roses. Additionally, the Victorians were very interested in the language of flowers and they devote their time to learning the messages and meaning that each flower has when sent to someone. This same tradition was part of what endorsed the red rose as the symbol of love and romance.
- Alice in Wonderland
The 1865 novel also lends credence to the association of roses with love. The author of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, paid homage to the rose with the passionate Queen of Hearts. The passion that Alice had for red roses was so strong that her gardeners had to pain the roses red to prevent a tragedy if she discovers that they have mistakenly planted white roses instead of red.
Choosing the Perfect Roses to Express Love and Passion
Roses are regarded as the most significant flowers in the world. Their uniqueness, especially the combination of love and pain (rose and thorns) has been a subject of discussion for many love critics. When it comes to choosing flowers for a special person, it is important to choose the right flower and the ride color scheme. Roses are not just beautiful. They also have a lovely and exotic fragrance. If you want to stimulate the senses of someone, give them the gift of roses. However, you should watch out for the color shade.
If you are just about to express your love interest to someone and you are not sure how they will accept your proposal, it is recommended that you choose beautiful pin roses. These express your love and passion towards the receiver but also show that you are not assuming that they are already yours. With someone that you are already in a relationship with, vivid red roses are a perfect gift that sends a message of love and passion to the recipient.
Different colors of roses can communicate different messages. When it is a love relationship, you have to tread carefully because of the different messages that each rose color communicates. In summary, red roses communicate deep love and passion while pink roses symbolize romantic love interest. Yellow roses can also be given to someone that you are secretly admirings.