As lovers across the world await the most romantic day in February, Rose Day (February 7) gives them an opportunity to express their feelings in the lead up to the big day.

What day is Rose Day? 🌹

Rose Day is typically celebrated on February 7. This date marks the beginning of Valentine’s Day week, which precedes Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14. In 2020, Valentine’s Week starts on February 7 with Rose Day. Valentine’s Week consists of seven different days, including Rose Day, Propose Day, Teddy Day, Hug Day, Promise Day, Chocolate Day, Kiss Day and then Valentine’s Day itself.

What does Rose Day mean?

Rose Day is a way to show your affection for people in your life – lovers or friends – by giving them a rose. Roses aren’t just limited to the positive relationships in your life. Rose Day is also a good day to let bygones be bygones and patch up any hostility you have with someone. Consider giving this person a white rose to symbolise peace and tell them you don’t wish to be on bad terms any more.

“She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.”
– Edmund Spenser’s epic The Faerie Queene (1590)

Why do we celebrate Rose Day?

Valentine’s Week is the time of year we’re meant to shower our loved ones with affection, love and gifts. Rose Day has a special significance to it because it marks the beginning of the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

How do we celebrate Rose Day?

On Rose Day, you’re encouraged to give roses to your loved ones as a symbol of your affection. Red roses traditionally represent romance, but you can also give yellow roses to close friends. Is there someone in your life who’s a little more than ‘just a friend,’ but not quite a lover? Choose a pink rose to give this person!

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Who started Rose Day?

It’s said that the Victorians started the culture of exchanging roses to communicate unspoken feelings. As a result, the red rose became a symbol of love and passion. The beauty of this beautiful bloom is only matched by its seemingly boundless history. In fact, it’s said that Cleopatra once received Marc Antony in a room knee-deep in rose petals. In ancient times, the rose was sacred because it represented Aphrodite to the Greeks (and Venus to the Romans) – the purest symbol of beauty and love.

🌹 How to decode your Valentine’s Week roses 🌹

We’re less focused on superstitions than we used to be, so most people won’t be counting the number of roses they receive on Rose Day or Valentine’s Day. But back in the day, the number of roses you received from your significant other contained a hidden meaning! Here’s what your valentine may have been trying to tell you:

  • One rose: Love at first sight – or many years later “You’re still the one” (cue the Shania Twain banger)
  • Two roses: A symbol of mutual love and affection
  • Three roses: A simple ‘I love you’. Also a traditional three-month anniversary gift!
  • Six roses: Total infatuation – they’re saying “I want to be yours”
  • Nine roses: Nine roses symbolise eternal love and say “I want to be with you forever”
  • 10 roses: Perfect 10! This means “Perfection”
  • 12 roses: A nice dozen – 12 roses means “Be mine”
  • 13 roses: While 13 may be a baker’s dozen, it’s not so in love. The meaning of 13 roses is often disputed. Some sources say it means you’ll be friends forever, while others think it’s an indication of a secret admirer.
  • 15 roses: Need to let someone know you’re sorry? 15 roses will do the trick
  • 20 roses: A bouquet of 20 roses can tell someone your feelings are totally sincere
  • 21 roses: “I’m dedicated to you”
  • 24 roses: Two dozen roses show “I’m yours”
  • 25 roses: A great way to send a message of congratulations
  • 36 roses: Three dozen roses is getting pretty crazy! But it also means “I’m head over heels in love”
  • 40 roses: One way to say “My love for you is genuine”
  • 50 roses: This kind of bouquet is pretty amazing but it’s one way to express a love that knows no bounds (or budget) 😉

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