The red rose appears as a symbol with diverse mean in diverse contexts since, as far as I can tell, nearly the beginning of time.
The red rose appears as “an important anti-authoritarian, socialist and social democratic symbol.” Red rose – Wikipedia.
The rose was an icon of veneration in the pre-Christian era, and was used in ancient Rome to symbolize devotion to the goddess Venus. Following the Christianization of Rome under the emperor Constantine, the rose became identified with the Virgin Mary. The rose symbol eventually led to the creation of the rosary and other devotional prayers in Christianity. Rose (symbolism) – Wikipedia.
In the mystical:
[The rose served in] the imagery of lover and beloved became a type of the Sufi mystic’s quest for divine love, so that Ibn Arabi, for example, aligns the rose with the beloved’s blushing cheek on the one hand and, on the other, with the divine names and attributes. Rose (symbolism) – Wikipedia.
The following photographic study includes images of a single rose. I offer not suggest as to the symbolism that might be found here – if any. I leave to each individual the freedom to choose whatever symbolism they see and/or feel.
Nonetheless – for me, today – I offer this images as a birthday gift – as a symbol of celebration and appreciation – to a friend. Happy Birthday – and more!