The name carnation has two possible origins. One thought is that the name comes from “coronation” or “corone” since it was used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Another thought is the name is derived from the Greek carnis meaning flesh, which was the original flower color.
Carnations in general mean fascination, love and good luck. A white carnation stands for innocence, devotion and pure love.
According legend, when Jesus was carrying the cross Mary saw him and began to cry and carnations grew where her tears fell.
For the New Year girls put three carnations in their hair. If the top flower dies first, the girls’ later years of life will be arduous. If the middle flower dies first, her earlier years will bring her the most grief. If the bottom flower dies first, the girl will be miserable her entire life.