Apart from being one of the oldest and favourite flowers in the world, Carnation flowers represent those who were born in January. Also known as ‘Dianthus’, ‘Flower of God’ or ‘Heavenly Flower’, these beautiful flowers have been around for many centuries since the Greek and Roman Times when it was originally used for art. The word “Dios” refers to the Greek God Zeus while the ruler of Olympus and the word “Anthos” refers to flowers, combining it and making the word ‘Dianthus’.
The carnation blooms in a range of different colours and each colour has a meaning of their own.
- Pink Carnation represents the most symbolic and historical significance. Many Christians also believe that when Mother Mary was weeping for her son Jesus when he carried the cross to his crucifixion, the flower carnation appeared where her tears fell. That is where the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love.
- Red Carnation is a symbol of deep love and affection.
- White Carnation portrays pure love and good luck, very popular for Mother’s Day.
- Yellow Carnation symbolises rejection and disappointment
- Purple Carnation demonstrates capriciousness
Holidays and Events
For many countries including the United States, the carnation is the official flower for Mother’s Day; pink carnations particularly represent the purity of a Mother’s Love. In Korea, the carnation flower is used to express admiration and gratitude towards their parents during Parents Day, a national holiday that is celebrated every year on 8th of May. Other colours such as the green carnations are very popular during St. Patrick’s day. This was famously worn by the Irish writer Oscar Wilde and the purple carnation is commonly used in France during funerals.
Carnation flowers are more than just a pretty face. It is a versatile flower that has a range of meanings and a purpose in many cultures and public holidays. As this month’s birth flower, why not give it to someone as a gift as it would be both a thoughtful and meaningful gesture. Our beautiful Fab Fusion is composed of different flowers including carnations, so go ahead and make someone’s day. Make sure to comment below if you were born in January, so we know who our carnation followers are!