Different shades of red


Red is the warmest of all colours. It is an intense colour that is packed with emotions ranging from passionate, intense love to anger and violence, representing both cupid and the devil. It is a hot, strong and stimulating colour that represents excitement and energy. Studies have shown that it can create physical effects such as elevated blood pressure, enhanced libido, increased respiratory rates, enhanced metabolism, increased enthusiasm, higher levels of energy and increased confidence.

In different cultures red carries different meanings. In some places, it represents purity, joy, and celebration and is a traditional colour worn by brides, in others it connotes danger and pains. In China, red is used for good luck and represents happiness, prosperity and babies are given their names at a red-egg ceremony. In South Africa, it is the colour of mourning and in Russia, it is associated with communism because in history, a red flag was used when they overthrew the Tsar. In the United States, red, when combined with white and blue represent patriotism and pride of country. In most African countries, red is used to portray devilish activities, it is common to see most herbalists and other occult people adorn red attires.

Above all, red represents life as it is the colour of blood which is essential for all living things. It is also the official colour of the feast of Saint Valentine which is celebrated all over the world by especially, young people.

The colour red can also be used to describe different situations, items and occurrences in our everyday life. It is also a symbolic colour that connotes both good and bad, love and hatred. Since we live in a colourful word, below are other idiomatic meanings that represent the fiery colour.

Visibility: Because of its visibility, stop signs, stoplights, brake lights, and fire equipment are all painted red. It is a highly visible colour that is able to focus attention quickly and get people to make quick decisions, which is one of the reasons fire trucks and fire engines are usually painted red. Flashing red lights mean danger or emergency, while stop signs and stop lights use the color to alert drivers about the dangers of the intersection.

Red carpet. It is used in events for celebrities and VIPs to walk on.

Christmas: When the colour green and red are combined, they traditionally represent Christmas and the joyous holiday season.

Red ruby: Red is often associated with the fortieth wedding anniversary, as the red ruby is the traditional fortieth wedding anniversary gift.

In the red: It means losing money, no money, or overdrawing your account at the bank and is thought to come from the feelings of stress and anxiousness and the physical symptoms they cause such as elevated blood pressure and often anger or danger.

Red herring: It is used when referencing something that is deceiving, dishonest, or distracting from the truth. Something that takes attention away from the real issue.

Paint the town red: It is associated with celebration, partying, fun and excitement.

Seeing red: It is based on the physical characteristic of anger, including redness of the cheeks, physical exertion and elevated blood pressure.

Red eye: It is associated with overnight airline flights due to the perceived lack of sleep passengers receive and the appearance of red in the whites of their eyes as a result. It also connotes beating someone to a pulp or ignoring them publicly.

Red carpet treatment: This refers to making someone feel special and pampered as if they are a VIP or high profile person.

Red flag is often used in reference to a warning of danger, problems, fighting, and war.

Red-letter day: Means a day of special importance and good fortune.

From time immemorial, beloveds have been compared to red roses. If we juggle the letters of the word ROSE we get EROS, who is the God of Love. Rose has thus been the traditional choice of lovers around the world. A red rose without thorns is a symbol of passion, love and romance. While a red rose with thorns typically exemplifies the struggle and challenges associated with the journey of love, meaning that it can be joyous, fulfilling and delicate, as well as painful and cruel. The red rose is a symbol of romantic love usually given in a long stem form. Diamonds might be forever, but the red rose’s significance of love is much older than that of diamonds. And while a red rose bouquet now plays a critical role in Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and marriage proposals, it is also the ultimate “just because” gift to express romantic love.

One thing that has always been consistent every February 14th is the red rose and its symbol of love and romance. Red roses proclaim a loud and visible ‘I love you’. A dozen roses certainly sends a big message on Valentine’s Day. They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. So if you have someone that you want to express your undying love for on Valentine’s Day, stick with this colour. Your Valentine gift to your partner is incomplete without a bouquet of bright red roses. So when shopping for a red dress, jacket and other accessories for that romantic valentine dinner, remember to surprise your significant other with a bouquet of red flowers showing how much you cherish him/her.



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