The Sweet Meaning Behind Giving Valentine Flowers
by Gerry Harrison on Feb 02, 2023
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your love and appreciation for that special someone in your life. While chocolates, teddy bears, and romantic cards are all great gifts, nothing says “I love you” quite like a bouquet of beautiful valentine flowers. But why do we give flowers on Valentine's Day? Let's take a look at the history behind this sweet gesture.
The History of Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day has its roots in ancient Rome. During the Roman festival of Lupercalia, men would sacrifice goats and dogs, then use their hides to whip women in an effort to increase their fertility. By the 5th century AD, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day - a day that celebrates romantic love between couples. It wasn't until much later that flowers were given as a symbol of love and appreciation on this day.
The Language of Flowers
The language of flowers has been used to communicate messages since Victorian times. Different types of flowers each have their own meaning; giving someone a bouquet of flowers can be interpreted as conveying an even deeper message than spoken words alone can express. Roses are usually the go-to flower for Valentine’s Day; they represent beauty, love, and passion. Other popular Valentines flowers include carnations (loyalty), lilies (devotion), tulips (passion), daisies (innocence) and orchids (refined beauty). Taking the time to put together a special bouquet for your loved one speaks volumes about how much you care about them!
Why Give Flowers?
It is thought that one tradition associated with St. Valentine was sending flowers to those he loved before his death—and this tradition has continued throughout the centuries! Traditionally red roses were given because they represented beauty, courage, respect—and most importantly—love! Today there are many other types of flowers that can be given including tulips (which are also traditional), daisies (representing innocence), orchids (beauty and refinement) or carnations (devotion). Each type flower conveys its own special message!
So whether you opt for a single rose or an entire bouquet, giving flowers on Valentine’s Day will surely make your special someone feel cherished and appreciated!
Whether you opt for roses or carnations this year, there is no denying that giving your loved one a beautiful bouquet of valentine flowers is one of the most meaningful gestures you can make this February 14th! A single bunch can convey so many emotions - from admiration and adoration to gratitude and appreciation - which makes it an unmistakably sweet way to celebrate your relationship this holiday season!