Roses are Red, Sky is Blue.
Here are some interesting facts about red roses for you.
Roses are the most gorgeous flowers ever known to mankind. They are highly popular for their beauty, fragrance and versatility. Though they are available in a myriad of hues, there is no denying the beauty and charm of a red rose. Either grow them indoors or prepare gorgeous rose bouquets/gifts for someone special – the flowers are a timeless beauty that is truly a sight to behold. But there is more to the surface than meets the eye. In this blog, we walk through the interesting and never-heard-of-before facts about red roses that will vouch for the fact why they are called the queen of flowers.
Origin of the Name ‘Rose’
The word ‘Rose’ originally hails from the Arabic dictionary. According to Skeat, it comes from the Latin Rosa and this from the Greek word Rodon which is of Semitic origin and cognate to wardah (Arabic).
History of Red Roses
The history of red roses traces back to Greek and Roman mythology. The flower is associated with the Goddess of Love, i.e. Aphrodite. The flowers came to life with her tears and her lover’s blood when he was wounded by a wild boar.
Moving onto Roman mythology, the flower is linked with Goddess Venus. The story has it that when she was trying to warn her lover, Adonis, about a conspiracy to kill him, she cut her ankle while running through a thorny bush. Her blood then changed into blooming red roses wherever it touched.
But that’s not it! There’s more to the history of these blooms. It is even connected with the early Arab conquests and the history of the Caliphate. So, you see – There are many tell tales but the rose is one of its kind.
Emphasis on Red Roses
In 1794, Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, penned his deep love for the flower in his poem ‘A Red, Red Rose’. During the Victorian Era, in Europe, public display of affection (PDA) was frowned upon and thus, this flower in particular was used to send a message of love. Moreover, in Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts adored the roses too much to make her gardeners frantically paint the roses red. They feared the queen would cut off their heads if she came to know that they planted white roses by mistake!
Significance of Red Roses
In Islam, the rose is called the flower of Heaven. It is said that people perceive the flower as a symbol of the human soul. Henceforth, they associate the enchanting scent of roses with spirituality. Due to this very reason, the carpet of roses is often used as wedding flowers and also at funerals in Islamic culture.
Meaning when Combined with Other Colours
When combined with other coloured roses, the flower gives way to a new meaning. For example:
- A flower arrangement of red and white roses symbolises the union of two souls.
- Red and pink roses reflect happiness, affection and admiration. Together, they make a perfect gift for birthdays and anniversaries.
- Red and yellow-coloured flowers convey joy, love and affection, making them the perfect gifts for her/him, friends and colleagues.
- Today, we also have forever roses that are preserved and thus, make a gift of a lifetime.
Long story short, red roses are the most prominent flowers that give out lovely vibes and are everyone’s favourite. They are a universal symbol of love & affection and therefore, perfect for occasions like Valentine’s Day, weddings and anniversaries. We hope you enjoyed learning these facts as much as we enjoyed sharing them.