Carnations have been a Mother’s Day favorite for decades, flooding stores and the homes of beloved moms year after year. These gorgeous flowers have different meanings and are widely used across different cultures for annual celebrations and traditional ceremonies. In the US, carnations are particularly popular in May and are even referred to as the official Mother’s Day flower.
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the US in 1908 when its founder Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeve Jarvis, decided to celebrate her late mother’s love and sacrifice for her children. Carnations were her mother’s favorite flowers, so she decided to distribute 500 of them at the first official service. Jarvis was determined to mark this event as an official holiday and continued with the tradition. In 1914, president Woodrow Wilson officially established the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day.
Today, carnations are known as symbols of love and purity. Not only are they inexpensive, but they also come in a vast assortment of colors and can last up to two weeks! These favorable characteristics make them excellent cut flowers and a universal favorite.
Different color carnations carry different meanings and evoke particular emotions depending on who you gift them to. When it comes to Mother’s Day, white carnations are typically used to honor a mother who has passed. Pink or red celebrate a living mother and represent deep love and admiration.
Carnation’s inherent symbolism of love, purity and sweetness make them the perfect flower for Mother’s Day. For all of the unconditional love and dedication that mothers give, they deserve to feel special and to be celebrated with a gorgeous bouquet filled with carnations!