why do we give flowers on valentines day

Not surprisingly, this classic bud is "the most popular choice for Valentine's Day," says Kate Law, Product Design Manager at ProFlowers. com. It could be because red roses symbolize love, romance, beauty and perfection. The iconic flower is also known for being priceyвaccording to Michael Gaffney, Director of the New York School of Flower Design, "flower growers hold back their rose bushes for months in order to have them bloom in time for February 14
вand then they raise the prices, giving roses that sought-after reputation. " Roses, tulips and daisiesв Why do we gift these on Valentineвs Day?


The story of Valentineвs Day started over 1,700 years ago on 14 February 270, when Saint Valentine was executed in Rome by Emperor Claudius II. Before his death, St Valentine fell in love with his jailorвs daughter, and he wrote her a letter which he signed as вFrom Your Valentineв в a phrase that is still used to this very day.


But while that is the reason we celebrate the most romantic date of the year, the reason we give flowers on Valentineвs Day is that the holiday is far older than the date itself. Since February is traditionally considered to be a fertile time of the year, when flowers start flourishing, they have been the gift of choice for this period for millennia в and theyвve come to symbolise love, marriage, romance and, of course, fertility.


Even so, the custom wasnвt always as well spread as it is today. This surge in popularity is down to the language of flowers [a meaning behind each flower], which Charles II of Sweden came up with in the 1700s.


From then on, flowers were used to pass on secret, symbolic messages without uttering a word. Perfect for lovers, right? See, flowers are more than just beautiful, scented things; they hold a whole history and meaning within their petals. So, this year, whether you want to give daisies, roses, orchids, tulips, freesias or bells, remember the story behind them and the many lovers who have given these out before you.


Alistair Floral Design on 1, Birkirkara By Pass, Birkirkara, will be open all week in the run up to Valentineвs Day in Malta, including Saturday 13 February between 9amВ and 7pm, and Sunday 14 February between 9am onwards. Flower deliveries across Malta are available until Sunday morning.