Why Roses for Valentine’s Day?
Did you know more than 250 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day each year? They sell out fast, and today I’ll share why they have become so closely tied to this yearly day of love!
I hope wherever you are in this snowy, marshmallow world; you are warm, happy and with (or will soon be with) your Valentine.
I also hope you remembered to get them some exceptional Flowers Talk Tivoli Roses!
BUT WHY ROSES, YOU MAY WONDER?
Roses have long been the traditional symbol of romantic love and, therefore, an obvious choice for the holiday of love. You might wonder why that is and whether this was always the case. I pondered this myself, so I went a-Googling to find the answers.
Just call me Sherlock Tivoli!
WHEN IN ROME…
Red roses began their journey as a symbol of love in ancient Rome, where they were connected to Venus, the goddess of love and fertility. As such, Venus was an important figure in Roman nuptial celebrations and rites. Red roses were used with myrtle in the bridal bouquet to symbolize lasting devotion and fruitfulness for the happy couple.
Since then, they have surfaced as symbols of love around the world: Cleopatra carpeted her chambers in rose petals to woo Marc Anthony; in Persian legend, it was the love for the rose that taught the nightingale to sing, in exchange, his blood turned the rose-red; popular in the 19th century, floriography (the language of flowers) saw roses as the epitome of a love declaration.
Today they persist as the ultimate gesture of love and affection. If you want a gift that says unequivocally, “I love you!” roses are it!