Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Red is the color of love - red as a symbol

Yes, Valentine's Day is on its way. It's time to write about love. About love and color. In his 1973 book The Colors of Love, John Allan Lee compared styles of love to the color wheel. Just as there are three primary colors, Lee suggested that there are three primary styles of love. These three styles of love are Eros, Ludos, and Storge. I know nothing about love theory. But for me, red is the color of love. And passion. Love empowers us and makes us better in so many ways. If you are in love - or if you have been in love - you know that I am right! Celebrate L-O-V-E on Valentine's Day! But first learn some more about the color red. A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors! Prepare yourself to discover amazing things about the color red!


- Red is used as a symbol of courage and sacrifice in many country national flags including the ones from United States and Portugal.

- In Roman mythology red is associated with the god of war, Mars.

- In politics, a red flag is a symbol of left-wing politics; in particular, of Communism and Socialism. In Russia the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar. The flags of several communist states, including China, Vietnam, and the Soviet Union, have red backgrounds.

- The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the Grand Old Party (GOP) and associated to red color.

- Business people and ministers from government are often seen with red ties because red means power. Same reason justifies the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs.

- The red color means power and honor. Kings loved to wear it. Also Popes and the Cardinals and Bishops.

- Protective powers of the color red against evil influence made warriors painted their axes red to endow the weapons with magic powers. Some of the Australian aborigines abide by this custom up to the present times.

- Red rose is the symbol of love and fidelity. According to the Greek legend red roses arised from blood of Adonis who was killed by a wild boar on a hunt. Red rose is dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.

- Red color carries a largely positive connotation in China, being associated with courage, loyalty, honor, success, fortune, fertility, happiness, passion, and summer.

- In Chinese cultural traditions, red is associated with weddings - brides traditionally wear red dresses and are carried to the ceremony in a red litter. The bride walks on a red carpet and is greeted by the groom who lifts her red veil.

- Chinese New Year is celebrated by wearing red clothing and decorating the house with red. Red envelopes with "luck money" are given to unmarried children to bring good fortune to them for the rest of the year.

- In other parts of Africa, however, red is a color of mourning, representing death. Because of the connection red bears with death in many parts of Africa, the Red Cross has changed its colors to green and white.

- In England, red phone booths and red double decker buses, are national deared icons.

- In Portugal the national post office symbol and street boxes for collecting letters are also red.

- In India, a red mark on the forehead is said to bring good luck.

- Roman brides were wrapped in a fiery red veil, the flammeum, which should warrant love and fertility. Greek, Albanian and Armenian brides wear red veils even today.

- Red garlands and red scarfs were part of wedding customs in many cultures. Red wedding gown was en vogue in Nurnberg of the 18th century.

- A red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness and for the American Red Cross.

And now, here's some great Valentine's Day Greeting cards from Zazzle big marketplace! What is the predominant color in it? That's right - red!

Sweetie Pie Valentine's Card
Sweetie Pie Valentine's Card by flopsock
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Red Ornate Heart Card
Red Ornate Heart Card by valentinetshirts
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Can You Feel the Love Cards
Can You Feel the Love Cards by StuffOrSomething
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Dreams About You Valentine's Card
Dreams About You Valentine's Card by zlatkocro
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Red rose greeting cards
Red rose greeting cards by gavila_pt
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Love greeting card
Love greeting card by Medusa81
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Stitched Valentine Cards
Stitched Valentine Cards by IconDoIt
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Greeting card Love's embrace
Greeting card Love's embrace by Medusa81
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brush heart card
brush heart card by RoannDesigns
Add your photos and text to blank greeting cards at Zazzle
Happy Valentine's Day Roses Cards
Happy Valentine's Day Roses Cards by TheNewEden
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