Ahead of the Valentine’s Day, young people are seen shopping roses and other gift items at Dimapur on February 13. (Photo by Soreishm Mahong)
Have you ever wondered why roses are so popular during Valentine’s Day or even why the tradition exists? Did you also know that the long-stemmed flowers date back to a former King of Sweden who lived in the 18th century?
Legends say that the history of giving your loved one Valentine’s Day flowers comes from the old-fashioned custom of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages.
The most popular version of the origin of Valentine’s day records that during a trip to Persia, King Charles II was exposed to a new art—the language of flowers. This expressionist art focused on one’s ability to communicate using flowers without uttering any words at all. Introduced in the 18th century by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers.
Most probably we just know that pink rose symbolizes grace and appreciation, the yellow rose is for friendship, a white rose represents innocence and red rose, as you may have guessed, translated to deep love. The rose took on this meaning because of its affiliation with Aphrodite, the goddess of love
Today, people continue to send flowers on special occasions or to express sentiments of love and admiration.
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