How many of you folks remember rose day in school? And how many of you have actually been surprised by seeing a rose on your desk as soon as you enter the class? And how can we dare to forget about numerous love stories that first had a rose to express feelings. We are all familiar with this concept of symbolizing love with rose. It has been a favorite flower of poets since poetry ever began. Maybe because it's like a poem, a rose can say so much without saying much at all. The soft silky feel of a fresh rose petal evokes tenderness; the fragrant scent of a fresh spring rose brings refreshment and its vibrant colors remind us of the dazzling beauty of creation. Roses truly are the reflection of life. Anne Bronte once said- 'But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose'. The rose is a symbol of some very powerful elements and once pricked by the thorn causes pain revealing the dual nature of love. No wonder roses are irresistibly beautiful to the eye, and their aroma is equally show-stopping. With such an impressive presence, the rose is bound to stir up attention in human culture, and thus has ancient symbolic meanings throughout human history. Apart from being the symbol of love, rose has been symbolizing honor, faith, beauty, balance, passion, wisdom, intrigue, emotion, sensuality and timeliness. The enduring symbolism of the rose has helped us express many of our most heartfelt sentiments. In the world famous Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare writes, "A rose by any other name would smell so sweet" where he symbolizes the perfection of love, inferring that nothing can disturb the feeling that Juliet has for Romeo.

There are over 120 variations of this most famous flower, they come in different colors, and each color signifies a feeling.. Red roses are the most common representations of deep, powerful love. Red roses are perfect Valentine's Day flowers for a couple in love. They can also symbolize longing, devotion, or admiration. If the red of the rose is a very deep color, it can denote sorrow. The white rose characterizes chastity, purity, and new beginnings. Yellow roses are meant to express friendship, caring, and feelings of joy. They are platonic roses with no ties to romance. Pink roses are used to express emotions of admiration or gratitude. Passion and energy are associated with orange roses. They are on the same level as the red rose when it comes to conveying passion in romance. Purple or lavender roses mean love at first sight. Darker purple roses are known for their regal nature. Green roses represent harmony and fertility. They make great gifts for someone embarking on a new life journey. Black roses are also rare finds. Just as they are dark in color, they are also dark in emotion. They signify death or the end of a relationship.

Roses are perfect for every occasion, though we tend to name them and for that fact I must say all occasions that you value should include its essence, because it is for all those you value- now be it your first love, an expression of care for your sibling, a wish for good luck or a sign for your loved ones to recover.

Whether it was the ancient Greeks, Romans, Christians, Freemasons or others, the rose has always been a timeless symbol of love, beauty and balance.

Ridhima Bhasin