“In a sea full of people, my eyes will always search for you”
Valentine’s Day is one small but largely scaled day in where we all celebrate the love and kindness of the one closest to us, our significant other if you will. Mostly it is celebrated with fresh red roses, romantic dates and endless amount of hugs and kisses.
Although named after a priest from Rome in the 3rd century, Saint Valentine, it was not until an english poet named Geoffrey Chaucer, in the Middle Ages, became the first to link Saint Valentine with romantic love. Chaucer wrote the poem ‘Parlament of Foules’ to honour the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. The poem contained the lines…
‘For this was on seynt Volantynys day, Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.’
“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”
This caught the public’s imagination and forevermore Saint Valentine day would be associated with romantic love celebrated by those in love. It would then be followed with the notion to present a red rose to the person whom you have feelings for as done in the 18th century. The act of giving a single rose (or many more) has continued with tradition and will do so with years and years to come.
Roses as we all know each come with their own symbolic meaning, some might be related to innocence or friendship or even gratitude. Red roses in particular however have a symbolic meaning of Love and romance. Red roses are traditionally known to represent the beauty for the most purest and deepest affection. a It is known that in greek and roman history that red roses where linked with Venus, the goddess of love.
When buying your roses whether it be red, or coloured, for valentines day it is important to remember that even though this tradition dates back centuries, the act of giving the rose or roses is still as important and significant today.
If not more than ever in this digital age that we live in, buying not only roses for valentines day, but flowers in general for people who you hold dear in your life, it is considered such a kind act of love and support that the recipient will surely cherish for their short time on this earth.
A simple yet defining gesture that will continue through the passage of time.