The red lotus flower is most commonly associated with love and compassion. Historical symbolism of the red lotus is most referenced in Buddhism because it was commonly found where Buddhism was practiced.
The lotus flower is found on bodies of water and blooms in the morning. During the evening, the flower disappears. There are three ancient cultures that commonly referenced the lotus flower in cultural texts: ancient Egyptians, Hindus and Buddhists. In most references, the lotus flower is associated with rebirth since the flower seems to resurrect itself each day. The lotus also symbolizes purity because of the contrast seen when the flower blooms in murky water.