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A vase with fresh cut purple carnations.

Carnations, with their rich and varied history, are more than just attractive flowers; they carry deep symbolic meanings across different cultures and social contexts. Known scientifically as Dianthus caryophyllus, carnations have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, and their name is believed to be derived from the words “corona” (crown) or “coronis” (flower garland), reflecting their use in Greek ceremonial crowns. In terms of cultural significance, carnations embody a wide range of emotions and messages depending on their color. Red carnations symbolize love and admiration, white represents purity and luck, and pink carnations are often associated with a mother’s undying love, originating from Christian lore that they sprang from where the Virgin Mary’s tears fell. Beyond these, carnations hold a place of honor in many national celebrations and mourning rituals, embodying the complexity of human emotions across the globe. 

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