Some say romance is dead but is it? Surely it does not seem like it when February 14th comes to be. Valentine’s day is an international celebration of friendship and love. There is a tradition of gift giving and we all know what is the most popular one among the celebrants. Red roses have been a synonym for Valentine’s day all over the world. Even in pop culture, we can see how red roses have been symbolized for romance and love. It’s a no brainer right? red roses mean love and affection, surely it seems to us, but how did this start? for that, we must go back to the 17th century.
King Charles II of Sweden was responsible for bringing the culture of flower giving to the western world. During a trip to Persia, King Charles II was exposed to a new language, the language of flower giving. King Charles II was fascinated with the fact that you could communicate without uttering any words at all, all by flower giving. this new culture spread all over Europe, the list of flowers and what each one meant distributed all over the old continent. In the language of flowers, giving someone a yellow carnation meant they’d disappointed you and giving someone a purple hyacinth meant you were sorry and begging to be forgiven. The red rose, as you may have guessed, translated to deep love.
If we go back a bit more, we can understand why the rose took on this romantic purpose by looking into Greek and Roman mythology. It all begins with Aphrodite the Goddess of love, in Greek Mythology it is said that rose bushes grew from the ground through Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis. Roman mythology turned Aphrodite into their own Goddess Venus but kept the rose as her symbol of love and beauty. Greek and Roman mythology gave the reason behind the rose and its iconic red color, after that King Charles II brought this knowledge to the western world and therefore, we give red roses to our loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
We at Florpaxi celebrate this interesting and old story by preparing for Valentine’s day all year. This is the most important celebration for us, we pinch, we make projections and we deliver the most beautiful red roses for you to convey your Valentine’s sentiments to others. Did Aphrodite know that her story would be told with every red rose that is given in the name of love for centuries to come? Perhaps not, but it is something quite beautiful to celebrate our very own love story by telling one so old and exemplary.