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When is Rose Day and What are the Other Days of Valentine’s Week?

Rose Day is finally here! This special day, which occurs at the start of Valentine’s Week is worth celebrating.

There’s nothing that brightens a room more than a bouquet of flowers! Did you know that each month has a corresponding flower?

Poinsettias and narcissus belong to December, snowdrops and carnations belong to January, and while it seems logical that roses would be the flower of February, that’s not actually true!

Violets and primroses are technically the flowers of February, but that doesn’t stop roses from having a special significance in this month. Keep reading to find out why!

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What is Rose Day?

Roses are so lovely, there’s no surprise that there’s a day dedicated to them! Roses are are one of the symbols of Valentine’s Day, so it makes sense that Rose Day occurs every year in February.

February 7, also known as Rose Day, is the first day of Valentine’s Week. Valentine’s week in an unofficial week dedicated to showing the ones you love how much you care.

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This flower has many meanings, the most obvious of which is love! It’s no surprise that the week leading up to Valentine’s Day starts with Rose Day, a day dedicated to this beautiful bloom.

When is Rose Day?

There are several national days of the year dedicated to roses in addition to the Rose Day that falls annually on February 7th. 

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June is celebrated as National Rose Month, and holds two rose related days. Both National Red Rose Day and National Rosé Day fall on June 12.

World Rose Day falls later in the year, on September 22. We at Always the Holidays love celebrating each of these rose days!

The days of Valentine’s Week

The week leading up to Valentine’s Day is unofficially called “Valentine’s Week”. Each day has a special way to show your loved ones how you feel.

Check out these inspirational love quotes for some inspiration if you have trouble finding the right words to say!

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  • Rose Day (February 7) – Rose Day kicks off Valentine’s Week. You can give your special someone a bouquet of roses to show your love!
  • Propose Day (February 8) – The second day of Valentine’s Week, Propose Day, is a great time to tell your loved ones how you feel about them. Use this day to express your feelings.
  • Chocolate Day (February 9) – Give your loved one a box of chocolates on Chocolate Day to let them know you’re thinking of them.
  • Teddy Day (February 10) – Teddy Day is a great time to give your special someone a teddy bear. They can always give it a hug when they’re missing you!
  • Promise Day (February 11) – This day is when couples make a promise to each other to make their love long lasting, and enduring.
  • Hug Day (February 12) – There’s something so comforting about a hug. Give your partner one today!
  • Kiss Day (February 13) – Kiss Day is the perfect opportunity to show your love with a kiss.
  • Valentine’s Day (February 14) – Valentine’s Day is the last day of Valentine’s Week. It’s a day filled with declarations of love, gifts, surprises, cards, and spending time with the people that mean the most to you.

Have you celebrated Valentine’s Week yet? Let us know in the comments which day of Valentine’s Week is your favorite!

Facts about roses for Valentine’s Week

Check out these with these fun facts about roses to celebrate Valentine’s Week. Some may surprise you!

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  • Roses naturally occur in all three of the colors that represent Valentine’s Day: pink, red and white!
  • Each color of roses has a different meaning. Learn more about all of the different rose meanings so you can express your feelings with the perfect rose!
  • Most species of roses are native to Asia. There are also roses that grow native to North America, Europe and Africa, though this number is far smaller.
  • June is National Rose Month.
  • Roses are one of only three flowers mentioned in the bible. Lilies and crocus (a member of the iris family) are the other flowers mentioned.
  • The oldest known rose is called the Hildesheim Rose, or the Thousand-Year Rose. It’s a rose bush that has been living in Germany for over a thousand year! It even survived a bombing in WWII.
  • New York, North Dakota, Georgia and Iowa all have varieties of roses as their state flower. Though not a state, the District of Colombia also has a variety of rose as its flower.

If you enjoyed learning these rose facts, make sure you check out our post dedicated to sharing facts about roses!

For more content about flowers, make sure to check out our posts on orchids and the legend of the dogwood tree.

How to celebrate Rose Day

Would you like to celebrate Rose Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.

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  • Send your loved ones a bouquet of roses! Each rose color has a different meaning so you can pick one that fits your relationship (romantic, family, friends, etc). 
  • Try solving our free Valentine’s Day word search and word scramble. Both mention this beautiful flower, and set the tone for Valentine’s Week!
  • If you want to try giving your sweetie a different kind of bouquet, check out our tutorial to make a bouquet of tootsie pop flower valentines.
  • Make plans to visit a rose garden – if you live in North Carolina, the Raleigh Rose Garden has a beautiful selection of variegated roses!
  • Check out these romantic rose quotes to celebrate this pretty flower. You could even write a card to your sweetheart with one of these rose messages on it!
  • Ever heard of the Osiria Rose? If you haven’t make sure you check out these Osiria Rose photos – they might even inspire you to grow your own!
  • Still looking for more pretty roses? Check out this gallery of amazing rose photos!
  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #RoseDay. Here is a tweet to get you started:
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More February 7 national days

Did you enjoy learning about Rose Day? Well you’re in luck, February 7 is host to more than just one national day! 

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Here is a complete list of all the February 7 national days:

  • Rose Day
  • National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • National Periodic Table Day
  • National Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • Ballet Day
  • Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • International Clash Day
  • Wave all your Fingers at your Neighbors Day

More national days in February

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February.

To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in February.  Be sure to also check the February word search printable for some national days puzzle fun.

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Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the February food holidays here.

Be sure to also check out these national days this month:

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If this post about Rose Day puts you in a romantic mood, you can also watch our love quotes video on YouTube.

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Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here.

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