[ 2008-02-13 15:01 ]
Most of the items linked to Valentine's Day came from old-fashioned customs that used lace handkerchiefs and floralbouquets to pass on non-verbal messages.
When the custom went out of style for everyday use, the original meaning was lost and eventually they became part of the Valentine's Day tradition.
Giving flowers dates back to the 1700s when Charles II of Sweden introduced the Persian custom of "the language of flowers" to Europe. Books about the meanings of particular flowers were published, and entire conversations could be carried out using only a bouquet of flowers.
The rose has become the traditional Valentine's Day flower. As it has always been a popular flower, the meaning of the red rose is still well known as the flower of passion and love. The red rose is also the favorite flower of Venus, the goddess of love, which helped give the rose its symbolic meaning.
Centuries ago, a woman would drop her handkerchief in front of the man she liked. This was a form of encouragement to him, and if he picked it up for her an introduction could be made. Lace has always been part of women's handkerchiefs, and it has since been linked to romance.
out of style: 过时
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