have the most symbolic and historical significance.
According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared
on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross and The Virgin Mary
shed tea at Jesus' plight and carnation sprang up from
where her tears fell. Thus, the pink carnation
became the symbol of a mother's undying love, and in
1907 was chosen by emblem of "Mother's Day," now observed
in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday
in May. A red carnation may be worn if one's mother
is alive, and a white one if she has died.