The History & Symbolism of Roses
The tradition of giving flowers is one that is cherished by people all over the world. Flowers can accompany any occasion and convey feelings such as joy, love, appreciation, and other expressions. Giving flowers is a simple gesture, but it often creates a meaningful and lasting impact. People frequently remember the occasions when they received flowers; the memory often lasts for several years.
Roses have always been appreciated for their beauty and symbolism. Flowers are ancient symbols of love, beauty, war and politics. Roses have also historically been associated with goddesses, religion, medicinal properties, source of perfume, celebrations, etc.
The rose is the national flower of England and the United States, and is the provincial flower of Yorkshire and Lancashire in England and Alberta. It is the state flower of Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia and New York. Portland, Oregon is known as the “City of Roses” and holds an annual Rose Festival.
Colors and symbolism of the rose
Red roses symbolize love, respect, courage, socialism and social democracy. White roses symbolize innocence and purity, reverence and humility, secrecy and silence, and spiritual love. Red and white roses symbolize unity.
Yellow roses symbolize joy, friendship and benevolence. Pink roses symbolize kindness, femininity, grace, gratitude and appreciation. Pale pink roses symbolize admiration, sympathy, gentleness and happiness. Coral roses symbolize enthusiasm and desire. A single rose represents simplicity.
Roses have a long, colorful and interesting history. They are traditional flowers that will long continue to be cherished for their beauty, symbolism and other characteristics. The simple act of giving flowers can leave a lasting impression.