For Koreans who have attributed special meanings to the 14th day of each month, May presents “Rose Day,” when lovers are encouraged to convey the contents of their hearts in a bouquet of roses.
Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation (aT) on this day urged the general population to alleviate overcast sentiments in the local flower market by gifting roses to a special someone.
To help consumers make informed choices, aT has released a helpful breakdown of the meanings behind the color of roses and the deeper message they can plant in the bouquet by thoughtful selection of the number of bulbs.
Red roses: Passionate love
Pink roses: An avowal of love
White roses: Respect, purity
Blue roses: Miracle
Lavender roses: Eternal love
A single rose: My love is for you only
Ten roses: 10+10 in Korean language can be read as yeol-ryeol, meaning “ardently.”
44 roses: 4+4 in Korean makes the sound “sa-sa.” “Sa” is the first syllable for “sarang” which means “love” in Korean. Hence, 44 roses are interpreted here as “love and love.”
99 roses: One bulb short of a hundred, 99 roses mark an everlasting love.
Elsewhere around the globe, a dozen red roses is the most popular choice for the messages “Be mine” and “I love you.”
Additionally, a bouquet of randomly mixed colors of roses can send the message of uncertain, yet deep emotions for the person receiving the flowers.
|Seoul Rose Festival is slated to take place in Jungnang-gu from May 18 through 20. (Yonhap)|
|People stroll in the rose garden in Jungnang-gu, Seoul, where the Seoul Rose Festival is set to take place from May 18 through 20. (Yonhap)|
|Roses are in full bloom at the Gwangju City Hall garden on May 14. (Yonhap)|
|Gwangju City Hall boasts a beautiful selection of British roses in full bloom at its garden on May 14. (Yonhap)|
By Lim Jeong-yeo (email@example.com)