The history of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day began many years ago and is thought to have come about due to Saint Valentine of Rome. Saint Valentine was imprisoned in Rome for illegally marrying soldiers to their loves despite the fact they were forbidden to marry by the state. The Roman Emperor believed that once married, men made terrible soldiers and as a result put a ban on marriage.
According to the legend, Saint Valentine healed his jailer’s blind daughter during his imprisonment. It is thought that just before Valentine’s execution he wrote her a farewell letter and signed it with ‘Your Valentine’. As a result, the Roman Saint Valentine is celebrated once a year due to his firm belief in love.
Valentine’s Day was first celebrated as it is today – as a day of romantic love in the High Middle Ages by the famous Geoffrey Chaucer. It was during this time that courtly love was extremely common and everyone wanted to be involved. From the 18th century, the day flourished and soon became one whereby lovers would celebrate their love for one another by presenting flowers and gifts.
Whilst Valentine’s Day has significantly changed over the years, the gift of flowers has and will continue to remain as a popular tradition. However, choosing the right flowers for your loved one on Valentine’s Day can be difficult due to the vast amount of flowers readily available in florists.
For many, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a bouquet of roses. All flowers have deep meaning but the rose stands alone in its abundance of history and color. The rose has been used for many years to convey unspoken messages and was often thought of as the flower of confidentiality. Despite this, due to their delicate scent and beautiful looks, they have become the most popular flower.
However, each color of the rose has a different meaning.
- Red – we are all aware of what the red rose symbolizes – a deep love and Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without it.
- White – this represents humility and innocence and as a result, is often thought of as the bridal flower.
- Yellow – whilst in the past the yellow rose symbolized jealousy, it now represents friendship.
- Pink – this symbolizes femininity and gentleness.
- Orange – due to the bright color, the orange rose symbolizes enthusiasm and desire.
Carnations have been around for over 2,000 years and have become a favorite for many women around the year. Carnations were originally used during Greek ceremonial crowns until they became popular around the world. This flower comes in a range of colors and just like the tulip; each color has a different meaning.
- Pink – means ‘I’ll always be there for you’.
- Red – means ‘my heart aches for you’
- White – means sweet and lovely – purity.
Whilst the carnation itself is known for its meaning of health and vitality it also means fascination and love. As a result, the red and pink carnations are perfect for this Valentine’s Day.
Tulips are an extremely popular flower all year long, but add a hint of something special when given on Valentine’s Day. Tulips have fascinated people for many years due to their heritage and meaning. Unsurprisingly each color represents a different meaning ensuring the flower is perfect for all occasions.
- Red– red is the color of love when it comes to tulips, just as it is in many flowers. Red tulips also stand for ‘believe in love’ so make the perfect Valentine’s Day flower.
- White – this symbolizes purity, innocence and humility.
- Orange – these are often used to represent a mutual connection between two people.
- Pink – this represents happiness and good wishes so ideal for a friend.
If you would like to use multiple colors of tulips based on their meanings, a multi-colored bouquet can also work really well this Valentine’s Day.