In the anticipation of Christmas and New Year, all public, commercial and residential areas are traditionally decorated with a complementary scheme of red and green, and the shop windows attract with their content (articles of clothing and accessories, decorative objects) in which red is, without a doubt, one of the most abundant colors. Also, it is believed that the presence of red during New Year’s celebrations brings happiness and success throughout the year.
There is the legendary Santa Claus, who, although in different cultures carries different names – “Santa Claus”, “Father Christmas” (in English), “Père Noël”, “Papa Noël” (in French), “Papa Noel” (in Spanish), “Pai Natal” (in Portuguese), “Babbo Natale” (in Italian), “Weihnachtsmann” (in German), “Joulupukki” (in Finnish) – always keeps a distinctive look of a lovable, plump grandpa, with a snow-white beard and dressed in a red suit.
A month and a half after the New Year’s Day, on the 14th of February comes Valentine’s Day or a festival of romantic love with the greatest demand for red roses. Namely, if you want to send flowers to someone as a message, it is important to use the right colors – red for love, white for friendship and yellow for jealousy. Where does the great popularity of red and all that it symbolizes come from? Here are some views about this primary color.
In China, the importance of red color is associated with the old legend of the inhabitants of a small village who have saved themselves from a scary beast called “Nian” by wearing red clothing. It is believed that this energetic color drove the ravenous beast out of the village. For this reason, every New Year’s Eve celebration in China is accompanied by red decorations and dressing in red clothes, in order to attract the good. For the same reason, the traditional Chinese wedding dress is also red.
In India, the color red is often found on occasions such as weddings, childbirths, festivals. For example, women wear red powder on the parting of their hair – as a symbol of marriage, and dress in a sari (saree) in this romantic color. Also, red is associated with generosity and courage.
The art of home decoration that brings many benefits, and originates from the Far East, is called “Wind and Water” or “Feng Shui”. The very name of this ancient philosophy refers to the way of movement of chi energy, which connects everything that exists. Among other principles of “Feng Shui”, there are “yin” and “yang” (passive and active energy), the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) and eight directions of the compass. Stronger colors, or more “yang”, require smaller quantities to be effective. Bright-red is very “yang” and is associated with the energy of fire and chi energy of the west. Therefore, if you place a bright red vase on the coffee table west of the center of the room, it will strengthen the chi energy associated with romance and finance. Equal success will be brought by a wall painted in a mellow shade of red or dark red-brown.
In chromotherapy, i.e. treatment with colors, red is used to solve problems with circulation and rheumatism, as it is considered that it raises the adrenaline level and body temperature. Clothing details in this color (underwear, socks, shirts, scarves, hats, and gloves) are recommended especially during the cold winter months, but also when you need extra energy. Among the expensive jewelry, the warmth of rubies and red corals particularly stands out. As far as the food goes, there is the red color of tomatoes, pomegranates, apples, peppers, strawberries.
What does your favorite color reveal about your personality? Red often indicates ambitious, energetic, brave and somewhat impatient people who love to be the center of attention.
This strong color leaves no one indifferent. After all, neither does a romantic sunset bathed in a red glow.
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