Why is the Red Rose a Symbol of Love?

May 23, 2014 / Blooms Today

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day is observed worldwide on 14th of February each year. This holiday is celebrated in many countries and is associated with love and romance. To celebrate this day, many loved ones buy roses online and other gifts to show their love and devotion. Red is universally believed to be the color of love and during Valentine’s Day lovers are seen sporting red attires and red wrapped gifts. However, the red rose takes center stage as one of the universal gifts exchanged by loved ones during this special occasion. Also defined as the universal symbol of love, the red rose signifies love, passion and romance. The rose also denotes desire.

Roots of The Red Rose

With roots going back to ancient Greece and Rome, the red rose has a historical linkage to love and romance. A symbol of beauty and love, thisrose-419079_260x260 flower was often associated with the Goddesses of love; Aphrodite and Venus. The red color itself was originally a primal symbol which has metamorphosed into a symbol of profound emotion.

The red rose also has a Christian background where early Christians equated its five petals with Christ’s five wounds. Over the centuries, the red rose has been a subject of many a musical pieces and works of art as well as poetry and has over the time been the most recognizable love symbol.

The Roses Evolution

During the 18th century, speaking about one’s heart’s desires was frowned upon by society and lovers had to suppress their feelings. The red rose served as a way for lovers to express and communicate their genuine emotions with one another. Ever since, the red rose has come to be seen as signifying true love that is believed to overcome all obstacles and challenges.

How The Rose is Used Today

With its beauty, elegance and drama, the red rose is still the preferred rose in passing messages of love. Today, loved ones often buy red roses to say ‘I love you’ to one another. Over time, the image of the red rose has evolved into the ‘lover’s rose’ as it has remained synonymous with the worldwide lover’s day, Valentine’s Day, as well as marking anniversaries and other special occasions.

Photo Credit: Photographer Karsten Paulick offered the photograph of Rose under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay.

Photo Credit: Photographer Hans Braxmeier offered the photograph of Roses under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay.

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