The Mother’s Day Carnation

May 13th, 2012

How many of you remember when most of us wore a carnation on Mother’s Day? When I was a child, we wore carnations on Mother’s Day. The carnations were different colors and the colors carried different meanings. That tradition seems to have gone to the wayside along with the church hat that was mandatory in my long-ago church days. Growing up in church, Sunday hats and white gloves were part of the expected attire – but I digress. Getting back to the carnations, most of us wore a white or red carnation and some of us wore a pink carnation.

Recently I had a conversation with a friend and realized I could no longer remember the meaning of the different colored carnations. So, being the inquisitive person that I am, I searched the Internet to calm my curiosity and I made some amazing discoveries about the carnation and Mother’s Day.

I was surprised to find that the carnation goes back to Biblical days. According to history, the first carnation came from the tears of Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. Her tears touched the soil as she grieved over the crucifixion of her Son and carnations bloomed where her tears landed.

Carnations are an indication of “love, purity, and admiration”. The white carnation symbolizes “purity, faithfulness, love, charity, and beauty.” Pink carnations indicate “always on my mind.” Red carnations denote “great love and affection.” Red and pink carnations honor our mothers who are alive. The white carnation honors our mothers who have passed away.

Be sure to honor our mothers here and in heaven as we celebrate Mother’s Day today.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012
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