colour symbolism

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Holi – a glorious festival of colour

The festival of Holi became internationally famous for throwing of colour. It’s a glorious festival of colour, which is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month, which this year fell on 17th March. Holi is part of the Hindu religious festival lasting up to…

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St Patrick’s Day – Why Green…?

If I asked you what’s the first colour that comes to mind when you think of Ireland, it’s likely to be green. On March 17th, the Irish the world over celebrate their patron saint. But how did the colour green become associated with St Patrick and become their good luck colour?

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Turn Blue Monday into Blooming Monday with Colour

Today is apparently the most depressing day of the year. It even has its own name – ‘Blue Monday’.  It’s based on Dr. Cliff Arnall’s ‘formula’ where he gathered a number of factors such as Christmas holidays withdrawals, debt, low motivational levels, weather etc. And the calculations all added up to the third Monday in…

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Why red robins are a symbol of Christmas in the UK

If you have ever wondered why red robins are associated with Christmas? Let me share with you two stories I’ve heard. The first one is about postmen in Victorian Britain who were apparently nicknamed “robins” because of their red-breasted coloured uniforms. It then became popular to see these cute little birds on a Christmas card…

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Diwali… festival of lights and colour

Diwali is one of India’s most important cultural festivals, celebrated across the nation and worldwide by the Indian community. It’s where they light oil lamps or candles to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. It has also become known as the Festival of Lights. The name “Diwali” is a actually…

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Why red poppies are used to symbolise remembrance day

  On the  eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918 marked the signing of the Armistice, signalling the end of World War One. The first sign of life that rose from the barren battlefields was the red poppy and they has come to symbolise the memory of those who sacrificed their lives. Remembrance Day is  a…

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My first book – The Little Book of Colour available to preorder!

You know when you need to keep something a secret yet bursting to let everyone know? This is what I’ve had to do for just over a year, but I can now finally share with you that I’ve busy writing my first book! I’m really excited to announce that after a decade of working in…

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Why Wimbledon Wears White

It’s a wrap on another exciting Wimbledon Championships. Every summer the best players from around the world descend on SW19 for two thrilling, nail biting weeks of tennis. I definitely had lady luck on my side this year. On three separate days I just chanced it and managed to get not only into the grounds…

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Back to Blue for British Passports

  It was announced by Britain’s immigration minister Brandon Lewis that in 2019 the British Passports will be going back to blue.

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The meaning of red in The Handmaid’s Tale

  Hands up if you’ve been riveted to The Handmaid’s Tale? I certainly have. My friends and I have been talking about how it’s been an uncomfortable watch at times. The TV series plunges you into a dystopian society which is the uncomfortable part yet the story is compelling viewing. And from a professional perspective,…

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