Why Red Roses are the Symbol of Love

 

“WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS LIFE” – MAHATMA GANDHI

 

In celebration of Valentine’s Day we wanted to write about nature’s symbol of love. Red roses as we all know are associated with romance, desire, passion & most of all love.

What’s more romantic than receiving a beautiful bunch of red roses on a special occasion or just because? Although we could think of a few things more romantic, generally speaking such a gesture amongst western culture is handed out to declare love for one another. So how did this fragrant bloom become the symbol of love?

When we looked into the history of it all we discovered that the iconic flower’s tie to romance stemmed from the goddess of love, Aphrodite, otherwise known as Venus. She is known throughout ancient Greek and Roman history as the idol of femininity, love and beauty.

It is said that her tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis, created the rose. In Greek mythology it states that a bee stung Cupid, son of Venus, accidentally shot an arrow into the rose garden, creating the thorns of the rose. As time went on, the red rose became the symbol of Virgin Mary during early Christian times. The world’s oldest rose bush is thought to be 1000 years old and still continues to bloom on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.

 

Love, Sahh Boutique xx