The red rose symbolizes many different meanings depending on its shade and the amount. In general it portrays beauty, passion, courage and respect. It says congratulations, I love you and shows a sincere love. It is viewed as a symbol of deep romantic love and desire .
In Christianity, the red rose is a symbol of Jesus' blood and the suffering that he went through during His crucifixion. In Greek mythology, the red rose represents passionate desire. This is derived from the myth of Aphrodite spilling blood onto a white rose to try and help her wounded lover Adonis. In Persia it is believed that if the petals fall from red rose that has been cut in an English garden it is a superstitious sign of bad luck. In the 18th century, lovers that were forced to keep their feelings for one another secret used the red rose to communicate their love to each other.
Red roses are the most popular flowers for Valentines Day, which is why the cost of them are so much higher in February. Their bright red shade is the ultimate expression of romantic and everlasting love.
Red roses also have a different kind of meaning within marriage. They express domestic paradise that is also passionate as well as abiding. A love that is forever growing in strength and away from monotony.
In addition to beauty and passion, red roses also symbolize courage and power. They seek to congratulate a job well done, and to express respect and appreciation. The red rose celebrates the creative spirit of love.
Different shades of red convey dissimilar meanings. A deep red or burgundy rose signifies an unconscious beauty that is pure and genuine. It shows respect and deep admiration.
Not only do the shades of red roses mean separate things, the amount you give or receive have different signification as well. A single rose stands for simplicity. In full bloom, it means I love you or I love you still. Six roses means I miss you. Seven roses signifies infatuation. A dozen red roses means I love you and signifies appreciation for their companionship. Eighteen roses tells the person the you are sorry and would like their forgiveness. Twenty-five roses shows congratulations. When you give your loved one a bouquet of fifty roses, this conveys an unconditional love.
A red rosebud also has its own meaning. Youthful love, innocent and fresh is what the bud stands for. The attractive and unopened rosebud celebrates unpretentious and honest beauty. Purity and loveliness are what the red rosebud stands for.
Now not all red roses convey wonderful expressions. When giving someone a withered red rose you are saying the passion you once shared has lost its warmth and your love for them is dying off.