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Why do we associate the Rose with Love?

When you think of roses, you can't help but think of love and passion, but have you ever wondered, why the association? 


The tradition dates back to the late 17th century, where the "language of flowers" was a practiced art. The idea was to communicate using flowers instead of any words at all. The art started in Sweden and spread throughout Europe, where lists of flowers and their meanings were widely distributed. Several books were written on the art as well. 


 In Greek mythology, The Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, is said to have created the rose when shedding her tears and the blood of her lover Adonis.  The Romans turned Aphrodite into their goddess Venus, and kept the rose as her symbol of love and beauty.  


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