The Tradition of Giving Roses And Other Flowers on Mother's Day
Appreciation for Mom
She held you tight and comforted you when the world was new and frightening. She caught you when you took your first steps and celebrated all your milestones. She held your hand on the first day of school and assured you that you would make friends. You cried on her shoulder when you felt all alone in the universe. She supported your unusual fashion style and never once laughed at your choices. She encouraged you to spread your wings and try new things. She was and has been a guiding light in the bleakest night. As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, many thoughts turn to what to get Mom for her special day to show our love and appreciation for all that she has done for us. The first gift that tends to come to mind is flowers.
The tradition of giving flowers to mom on Mother’s Day began with Anna Jarvis in 1907. She passed out 500 white carnations to all the mothers in her Church on the anniversary of the passing of her own beloved Mother. The white carnation was her mother’s favorite flower and it has come to symbolize respect for mothers no longer living. The following year, the Church held the first Mother’s Day service and celebration.
What Are the Traditional Flowers to Give on Mother’s Day?
Pink carnations are some of the most popular flowers to give on Mother's Day. It is supposed to denote appreciation and lasting love, and has been associated with motherhood for numerous years.
Lilies are another popular flower given to mom and are available in a multitude of colors. White lilies indicate virtue and purity. Pink hued lilies characterize friendship and prosperity while the delicately fragrant Lilies of the Valley express humility and devotion. Brilliantly colored tiger lilies express wealth and pride.
Roses are, hands down, the most popular flowers given on Mother's Day after carnations. A roses’ color has more meaning than any other flower. Everyone knows that red roses stand for passionate love. The epitome of purity is the white rose. Very appropriate for mom is the pink rose, symbolizing gratitude, admiration, a child’s love, and appreciation for all that she has done. Regardless of color, a single rose conveys simple gratitude from the giver.
Azaleas can be found on tables near grocery store checkout stands next to the boxes of chocolates and stuffed bears this time of the year. Azaleas represent the Chinese symbol of womanhood and when presented as a gift, extend wishes of health and happiness.
Sunflowers are reflective of warmth and happiness and are thought to represent adoration. When given as a gift, represents the giver bidding the recipient a long life.
Love and Appreciation
Regardless of which flower or combinations of flowers are selected, mom will know how much she is truly appreciated and deeply loved. Happy Mother's Day!
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