Valentine’s Day!

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Is it to celebrate the love you have for your significant other, your children, your friends, parents or is it just a fun way to make February (winter) more alive?

The story of Valentine’s Day comes from the third century in Rome. The legend is from a period in time when an Emperor named Claudius ll decided that young single men made better soldiers. So he outlawed marriage for all young men.

A priest named Valentine was so upset and furious with this injustice that he decided to continue performing marriages for young lovers in secret. Claudius eventually discovered that Valentine disobeyed him and put him in prison before sentencing him to death.

During Valentine’s time in jail, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. She often visited him in prison. Right before Valentine was put to death, he sent a final note to the girl and signed it; “From your Valentine”. Valentine was executed on February 14th, 270 AD. History states that somewhere around 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th a day to honor Valentine who had already became a saint.

Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day to honor St. Valentine and to celebrate our love for friends, family and of course our significant others. For thousands of years many countries around the world have celebrated February with fertility festivals. Also for centuries, flowers have been used to symbolize love, fertility, romance and marriage. Sending or giving flowers on Valentine’s Day has continued to symbolize love, romance and marriage. Valentine’s belief in true love continues today in every Valentine’s Day especially those signed “From your Valentine”.

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In the 18th century a man named Charles ll of Sweden suggested that every flower and colour had a specific meaning attached to it. Therefore flowers could be used to send nonverbal messages to people. This practice has continued through out history especially on Valentine’s Day.

The Meanings Behind the Rose Colours

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RED: Love and Romance. One of the most recognized rose colours that symbolizes true love and romance.

Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Get Well. Yellow has been closely associated with the sun, which always cheers people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation, platonic love without the romantic connection. It also represents feelings of joy and delight.

Lavender: Enchantment, Majesty, Love at First Sight.
Traditionally purple symbolizes royalty. Lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor.

Dark Pink: Gratitude and Appreciation.
Light Pink: Gentleness and Admiration.
Pink symbolizes grace, elegance, gentleness, admiration as well as sweetness and poetic romance.

White: Purity Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality.
White roses are a traditional wedding flower. They symbolize unity, virtue, and the pureness of new love. They are also associated with honor and reverence, which makes them a memorial rose for a departed love one.

Orange: Desire, Enthusiasm, and Passion.
A colour mix of yellow and red; orange roses were seen as a bridge between love and friendship. They can be an expression of fascination, enthusiasm and a gift to say “I am proud of you”.

Cream: Charm and Thoughtfulness.
Very similar to White but with more interest. They are just that “Charming” and make you think of caring and thoughtfulness.

Burgundy: Unconscious Beauty.
They darker than the classic red rose. They are deeper, stunning and mesmerizing just like unconscious beauty.

Green: A Fresh Start.
Green roses have grown naturally since 1743, it could be the oldest rose out of all the colours. Authentic non-dyed green roses don’t have petals; just sepals. Green symbolizes growth; it has become the colour of life, abundance and rejuvenation therefore making them perfect for new beginnings.

Black: Mysticism and Magic.
Real black roses don’t exist in nature, however “Black Roses” are actually a super deep purple or burgundy that for all intents and purposes, they look black. These roses are often featured in fictional stories of magic and mysticism over the centuries and tend to represent death and mourning. While these meanings are negative they can also look very stylish in the right arrangement. I just wouldn’t use them on Valentine’s Day!

So, now you know all about the history of Valentine’s Day and what each rose colour symbolizes. I would like to thank my sources: Proflowers.com and Reader’s Digest Editors for some of the above facts. 🙂

Max

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