During the Lupercalia, early Roman men often wore the names of young women who were to be their partners pinned to their sleeves. Hence the saying, "wearing your heart on your sleeve."
When the Roman Empire wars broke out, married men didn't want to leave their families while younger men didn't want to leave their sweethearts. As a result of the low numbers of men willing to fight in the wars, Claudius the Cruel ordered that no more marriages or engagements take place.
Valentine, a priest, defied the order and married young couples in secrecy. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine dragged off and imprisoned, where he later died.
What Valentine did for young lovers was never forgotten. His legacy has still celebrated each February 14 on St. Valentine's Day. The tradition continues with flowers, heart-shaped candies, and lacy valentines that celebrate love while honoring the man — Valentine — who dared disobey Claudius the Cruel all those years ago.
Single Color Meanings
Red roses of any hue say "I love you"; deep red roses imply unconscious beauty.
White roses signify spiritual love and purity; bridal white means happy love.
Today, yellow roses signify joy and gladness; historically, they meant a decrease of love and infidelity.
Coral roses imply desire; orange say "I am fascinated and enthusiastic."
Lavender roses mean love at first sight
Light pink roses imply grace, gentility and admiration; dark pink roses say "thank you."
In general, pale-colored roses signify friendship.
Combined Color Meanings:
Red and yellow roses mixed together say "Congratulations!"
Yellow and orange roses together imply passionate thoughts.
Red and white roses signify unity.
Origin & History
Fossil evidence shows that roses have existed since prehistoric times. The first cultivated roses appeared in Asian gardens more than 5,000 years ago. Roses were introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire, where they were mainly used for ornamental purposes. Cleopatra is said to have scattered rose petals before Mark Anthony's feet; Nero released roses from the ceiling during extravagant feasts and banquets.
Sentiment & Symbolism
Roses, it is said, blushed with shame as God expelled Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. According to Roman legend, a number of suitors were keen on marrying a beautiful woman named Rodanthe, but she did not care for any of them. Despite her ambivalence, the suitors continued to woo Rodanthe so zealously that they broke through the doors of her home. Angered by their actions and wanting to teach the suitors a lesson, the goddess Diana turned Rodanthe into a rose, and her suitors into thorns.
The rose is the flower emblem of England. According to English superstition, if the petals fall from a fresh-cut red rose, bad luck will soon follow. The red rose is the badge of the House of Lancaster and the flower of Eros and Cupid. In Wales, the white rose represents innocence and silence and is thus placed on the grave of a young child. To Native Americans, the white rose symbolizes security and happiness and is often worn during wedding ceremonies. The white rose is the badge of the House of York and the flower of the Virgin Mary.
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