Origin of the meaning of roses’ colors
The symbolism of the rose varies in different cultures. In India during ancient times, the rose was used as a symbol for beauty, strength, and wisdom. Before the time of the Christians, Sumerian and Egyptian priests used the ‘œRosy Cross’ in their temples to represent Rosicrucian beliefs. Providing meanings for the different colors of roses originated from the East according to Jack Goody, the author of the book The Culture of Flowers. This was also referred to as ‘œfloriography,’ which means an art of expressing oneself and communicating with others using flowers. The meaning of flowers was then practiced in Persia, where illiterate Ottoman women in the seraglios were forbidden to use written language. Then their meanings were also adopted in Europe, where in England they were used by High Society to convey different emotions such as warm feelings of friendship.
In the 1700s, yellow roses, which are known as the ancient flowers because of their fossil evidence, are said to have been found in the Middle East. Based on history, yellow roses during the early days lacked the sweet aromatic smell, and its sweet-and-spicy scent was eventually achieved through the use of different cultivation methods.
Meaning of yellow roses
The conventional, original meaning of yellow roses is friendship, as well as happiness. However, in some cultures, such as with the Germans, the symbol of this kind of rose is infidelity or dying love. It is a hue that represents optimism, lifting up the spirits, and giving warmth. In Eastern cultures, the communication it conveys is joy, power, and wisdom. It is also a symbol of caring and appropriate only for platonic emotions.
Yellow roses also express jealousy. There is a popular legend about the Prophet Mohammed. Based on the story, while Prophet Mohammed was away to a battle, he was tormented by the idea of his wife committing adultery. He then sought help from Archangel Gabriel, who advised him to give his wife a test’”whatever Aisha was carrying when he returned, he should ask her to drop in the water. And if the color of those things dropped into the water didn’t change to another color, his wife had been faithful to him. When he returned from the battle, Aisha welcomed him with a big bundle of red roses and was surprised when Mohammed asked her to drop them in the river. However, she still obeyed his command, and the color of the red roses turned to saffron yellow. Even though the color of the flowers changed, which indicated her unfaithfulness, he still forgave Aisha. But the yellow rose remained the symbol of infidelity.
How did yellow roses became popular?
Yellow roses became famous when they were used and popularized in a Texas song, ‘œThe Yellow Rose of Texas.’ The yellow rose was not the state flower, which was the Bluebonnet, but there was a yellow rose called ‘œHarrison’s Yellow’ that grew in the state when the song was created. The song isn’t really about a yellow rose either, but it was about a certain woman named Emily Morgan. The popularity of the yellow rose also increased because ‘œThe Yellow Rose of Texas’ was constantly sung in battle.
Perfect recipients of yellow roses
Yellow roses can lift up the moods of people who are sick, new mothers, and couples who are just engaged. This is also the most appropriate way to express gratitude to a person and to congratulate a new graduate.
The yellow rose can expresses one’s feelings, definitely cheer up emotions, and evoke sunny feelings for its recipients. However, one should be careful in offering yellow roses to someone because one interpretation of the color can mean ‘œnot worthy.’