Different meanings of colors in different countries
There are a lot of colors (visual light) that exist in our world. We know a rainbow have seven different colors, which are red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue and violet. However, do you know the same color in different cultures and countries have different meanings? I will introduce some meaning of colors in different countries in this article.
Western: Energy, excitement, action, danger, love, passion, anger, warning, Christmas when combined with green
Eastern: Prosperity, good fortune, worn by brides, symbol of joy when combined with white
China: Good luck, celebration, happiness, wedding color, festival.
South Africa: Color of mourning
Western: Caring and nurturing, love and romance, feminine.
Japan: Well-liked by both male and female.
Western: Lucky color in most western cultures, spring, new birth, regeneration, nature, jealousy, greed, Christmas when combined with red.
Eastern: New life, regeneration, nature, hope
China: Nature, health, disgrace (when giving Chinese man a green hat indicate his wife is cheating on him)
Indonesia: A forbidden color.
Saudi Arabia: Wealth and prestige.
Ireland: Religious color for Irish Catholics
Western: Bride and weddings, angles, peace, purity.
China: Death and mourning, purity.
India: unhappiness, traditionally the only color a widow is allowed to wear
Western: happiness, hope, caution, cowardice
China: Scared, imperial (Only can be used by imperial household in ancient China), royalty, honor
Egypt: Color of mourning
Japan: Courage, beauty and refinement, cheerfulness.
It is important to understand different meanings of colors in different countries, if you are planning to travel to these countries. Hope this article can help you have a new cognition of color.
Submitted by Peiran Zheng
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