The Significance and Meanings of White Roses
White Roses are the epitome of purity and innocence. This thread of meaning
stretches across ages and cultures, although there are minor variations depending on
the intent of the giver and the circumstances under which these flowers are presented.
The delicate white rose is not only a symbol of purity, but also of secrecy and silence.
It can also symbolize security; in a typical American wedding, these flowers are used
to signify this aspect of the institution of marriage. It also denoted happiness under the
Beliefs across the World
Across the pond in Scotland, a white rose in bloom seen during autumn means an
early marriage for the beholder. A short distance away, in Wales, a more somber use
of the white rose is in practice â€“ mourners place these flowers on the grave of a child
to represent innocence and silence. In Asia too, the white rose represents the ultimate
absence â€“ death. It is perhaps the complete absence of color in the white petals of this
flower that gave rise to this aspect of its significance. Vietnamese locals often wear
this color on Motherâ€™s Day if their mothers have passed on.
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Love, Romance and Friendship
The romantic and platonic meanings of white roses are significant as well. Since
white is the color of virtue, it is often a sign of respect for the woman receiving
these flowers. It is also a sign of faith and loyalty towards this purity of heart, mind
and body. Faithful love of the highest, most selfless form is also expressed with
white roses; love untainted with the human pursuit of romance can also be one
Even more significant is the meaning of the white rose in popular Christian faith. The
Virgin Mary is often associated with this flower, being the very pinnacle of purity
and innocence; in fact, she has been called the Mystical Rose of Heaven by many
Christian authors. It is also thought that the white rose grew without any thorns on the
stems before Adam and Eve were banished from Eden. The underlying implications
of light, joy and glory of this special flower are undeniable.
Resistance and Struggle
But The White Rose was formed under unholier circumstances. During the reign of
Hitler, a society by this name was formed under the strictest requirements of secrecy.
Essentially an anti-Nazi group of Munich students who espoused political freedom,
the symbolism of the white rose became a sign of resistance and loyalty unto death in
opposition of the Nazi regime.
With such wide significance, it is small wonder that this most humble of roses could
stir up such strong positive emotions throughout its long history.
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