Saturday, August 4, 2012

Carnation Facts & Trivia

At Oxford University, it is customary to wear a Carnation to an exam. White Carnations are worn to the first exam, red to the last, and pink Carnations to every exam in between.

From an old Italian word meaning complexion. The earliest carnations bore flesh-coloured flowers, which gave rise to the name.

The carnation is the national symbol of Slovenia. Koreans put three carnations in a young girl's hair to tell her fortune. If the bottom bloom dies first the girl will have a hard time her whole life. If the top flower dies first only the end of her life will be hard. If the middle then she will have trouble in her youth but then life will improve.

Carnation is the flower associated with Mother's Day. Red carnations for moms who are still living, and white carnations for mothers that have passed away.

The white carnation is the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes. The blanket requires approximately 350 carnations, glued to green velveteen spread and weighs between 30 and 40 pounds. The flowers are shipped from California or Bogota, Columbia.

The carnation is thought to originally be from the Mediterranean area of the world. It is a symbolic type of flower, used in ceremonies, for special occasions and also as a flower that represents nations and states. Some believe it originates from the word "corone," meaning floral garland.

In 1907 Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia selected the pink carnation as the symbol for Mother's Day. 

In Europe the carnation was formerly used as a treatment for fevers. It was also used to spice wine and ale during Elizabethan times, as a substitute for the more expensive clove.

The Carnation symbolizes different things in different countries. In Rome it was known as "Jove's Flower", after a beloved Roman God. In Korea, young girls put carnations in their hair, believing the order of the death of the carnations determines the difficulty level and order that they will face in their life. In Portugal it is a symbol of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution that occurred in April of 1974.

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