Rose Day on February 7 marks the beginning of Valentine’s week. On this romantic day, roses are gifted to that special someone to celebrate love and affection. It is believed that Victorians began the practice of exchanging roses with their loved ones to communicate unspoken feelings. On Rose Day, you can give your loved ones red, pink, yellow, orange, white, lavender, and blue roses. Every rose signifies a different emotion. You can also celebrate Rose Day by wearing any of these colors, planting a rose plant, or even buying a piece of jewelry in rose gold.
History of Rose Day
When it comes to how Rose Day began, little information is known. There’s no way of knowing who came up with the idea to celebrate the day, but we know why we celebrate it. Rose Day forms part of the celebrations of Valentine’s week. However, the history behind the red rose is long and interesting.
The earliest records of rose cultivation date back almost 5,000 years, and indicate that the flower was first cultivated in the Far East. Rose cultivation started in China but soon they were also being cultivated in Rome and Greece.
It is thought that roses were seen as a luxurious plant and were distributed among the rich who would then give them to artists to inspire them. Eventually, roses also found their way into the medicine of the time. Roses went from being the symbols of hope, peace, and love to a symbol of war. In England during the 15th century, roses were used to represent their army.
Even though the rose had a bloody history, it is celebrated as a flower representing love and companionship today. Even though the world is obsessed with automation, technology, and being online, days that celebrate romance will always hold a special place in the hearts of all. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or Rose Day, you should try to make things as special and wonderful as you can for your loved ones — and a rose is the perfect way to communicate your deepest feelings. Roses really are an international symbol of love. It doesn’t matter where in the world you may be, if you present a loved one with a rose, you are conveying a message of love.
Rose Day timeline
According to fossil evidence, the rose is 35 million years old.
The Chinese start cultivating roses.
Tea roses gain popularity as the rich start using them as decorations.
Botanists experiment with rose cultivation and a new variety is launched almost every year.
Rose Day FAQs
What day is Rose Day?
Rose Day is celebrated on February 7 every year and it kick-starts Valentine’s week celebrations.
Why is Rose Day celebrated?
Victorians used to exchange and gift roses as a token of love to show their feelings for each other.
Which rose is for friendship?
Give a yellow rose to someone if you want to symbolize friendship, joy, and caring.
Rose Day Activities
Gift a rose
Gift a rose to someone you love on Rose Day. Roses are available in a variety of colors and sizes, so you have endless options.
Plant a rose
If you plant a rose on Rose Day, you will get to enjoy its sweet fragrance all year round. Plant your favorite variety and watch the buds bloom.
Treat yourself to something rose-flavored
Rose is a popular flavor in desserts, ice creams, and drinks. Treat yourself to your favorite rose-flavored delicacy.
5 Facts About Roses That Will Blow Your Mind
Roses come in endless varieties
There are over 300 species of roses.
Rose plants live long
They live for almost 35 years with proper care.
Rose oil is precious
It takes 2,000 roses to extract just 1 gram of rose oil.
The oldest living rose is 1,000 years old
It grows on a wall on the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.
National floral emblem of the U.S.
President Ronald Reagan officially declared the rose as the national flower in 1986.
Why We Love Rose Day
It’s a day to express love
Rose Day is a day to express love and everything that is left unsaid. The day celebrates love and companionship.
It’s a celebration of a cultural icon
A rose is more than a flower — for centuries it has inspired artists, poets, and painters. Rose Day also celebrates the cultural significance of the flower.
It puts your gardening skills to the test
Rose Day is also the day to put your gardening skills to the test. Tend to your rose bushes or plant some new ones.
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