In the majority of western culture, the color red is often directly related to warnings: STOP! KEEP OUT! DANGER!
In our minds, this is makes sense because red is the strongest color in the spectrum to the eye. It’s ideal as a warning sign, instantly telling up of imminent danger. However, this isn’t always the case. Red has a symbolism that reaches much further than the limitations of warnings.
Of course, in the West, the color red means more than just danger. Red is also symbolic of passion, often epitomized in the flare of scarlet in a flamenco dancer’s dress, or the ruby red of lipstick. It can also be seen shading the outline of a love heart on Valentine’s Day cards, or represented in the pigment of a red, red rose.
To find out more, let’s take a trip around the world, and explore what ‘red’ means.
Red was the symbol of the single party state of the Communist USSR. This was the result of a the Russian Revolution, which began in 1917. Led by Vladimir Lenin, the Bolsheviks wore the color of red on their armbands, rose up against the Czar’s forces, dressed in white.
The Reds and the Whites fought, culminating in the execution on Czar Nicholas III and his family. The Reds had taken control in 1923, leading to a Communist run collection of Russian states. Red still symbolizes those days of the USSR, and for the West, locking horns during the Cold War.
The nations of Africa have strong connections with the color red, meaning quite different things depending on country and region. In South Africa, and Côte d’Ivoire, red also can mean sadness or mourning.
Most commonly, however, red is associated with good luck. This is especially evident as the color for brides and bridalwear is read. This is believed to offer a prosperous life in both health and wealth. The theme of red for good luck is carried across other continents too.
For the Chinese, rich reds can be seen throughout the culture, from ceremonial and national clothing, through to the color of buildings, furniture and art. It is most commonly seen during family gatherings and festivals.
In China, red is a color that represents joy and celebration. This is why it is so prevalent through the home. As with African traditions, red is also used in wedding outfits, but mixed with white. Again, red is used as a sign for a future of prosperity and longevity.
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