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LEGEND OF THE VIOLET

The violet is a beautiful flower – also source of love legends – that blooms at the end of winter, or the beginning of spring. Greek, Roman, and even Phrygian legends tell us love stories about the violet, but the one I’m sharing with you today comes from England.

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According to that English myth, there was once a king who lived in a huge ice palace where everything was frozen and lifeless. King Frost – that was his name – felt very lonely, and he then sent his knights out to look for a lovely girl who would melt his heart and bring him happiness. After searching for days, the knights found a very shy maiden named Violet, and brought her to the king’s presence. He immediately came under the spell of her charm, and fell in love with her.

Thanks to Violet’s love and tenderness, the once cold and passionless king became gentle and warm-hearted, and vowed to his people that the harsh and endless winters would become milder for the half of the year, every year.

After having been with King Frost for some time, Violet asked him to allow her to visit her people. Because of his love for her, King Frost granted her permission to visit her people a few months during the year, on the only condition that she would do so in the form of a flower.

And so, Violet becomes a flower during one half of the year, and comes back to her husband's icy kingdom during the other half...

The violet is a symbol of humility, faithfulness and modesty, and in his sonnets Shakespeare also used this shy flower as a symbol of constancy in love.

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