First of all, why select carnations at all for Mother's Day? A simple answer is that carnations have been traditionally associated with this day on which mothers are honored. According to a legend, this association goes back to the passion of the Christ. Seeing Christ's sufferings, his mother Mary shed tears, which fell on the ground. These tears are supposed to have turned into the fragrant and beautiful carnations.

There are different meanings associated with carnations of different colors. It is important to know the colors and their associated meanings in order to express your thoughts and emotions by gifting your mother with carnations of the right color. This page is aimed to help you to choose the appropriate type of carnations for communicating the right feelings.

In general, carnations convey love, purity, and admiration. Among carnations of different colors, white is the most popular.

According to Anna Jarvis, one of the pioneers of the Mother's Day celebrations in the United States, white carnations symbolized the virtues of motherhood. According to her that whiteness stood for purity, faithfulness, love, charity, and beauty.

Light red carnations express admiration. Dark red symbolizes great love and affection. White carnations indicate purity, love, peace, tranquility, and good fortune.

Several carnations of a multitude of colors definitely appear attractive. However, such a combination denotes refusal and hence a better option would be to gift her with pink carnations. Pink carnations spefically stand for always on my mind.

People use carnations of different colors to indicate whether you are showing your love and respect for a mother who is alive or dead. Red and pink carnations are meant to honor a mother who is alive and white carnations are used to honor a mother who is dead.