The Colour of LOVE

A Little Background On Cupid’s Special Day…

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day is a holiday observed on February 14 honouring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greeting cards (better known as “valentines“).  

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

What About The Colour Red… A Few Facts

  • The most emotionally intense colour; red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing.
  • The colour of love.
  • Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier.
  • Since it is an extreme colour, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations.
  • Red cars are popular targets for thieves.
  • In decorating, red is usually used as an accent.
  • Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.

However the most romantic colour, pink and offshoot of red, is more tranquilizing.

    • Pink is essentially a light red and is usually associated with love and romance.
    • Pink is thought to have a calming effect. One shade known as “drunk-tank pink” is sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. Sports teams sometimes paint the opposing teams locker room pink to keep the players passive and less energetic.
  • While pink’s calming effect has been demonstrated, researchers of colour psychology have found that this effect only occurs during the initial exposure to the colour. When used in prisons, inmates often become even more agitated once they become accustomed to the colour.

So what does the colour red really mean? Well, it depends. Red actually conveys different meanings not only from culture to culture or from era to era, but within our own culture and time.

Athough we can find various meanings surrounding the colour red, one is that red is all about passion. This can refer to love or anger but is probably more associated with love. When a person becomes passionate, his/her heart rate goes up and his/her skin flushes as blood is pushed outward to the surface. This causes the entire body to become more reddish. Love is also associated with the heart, which of course is red and full of blood. The heart is the very thing that moves the blood through our body and is the one organ most closely associated with it. Because a person’s skin becomes reddish when enflamed in the throes of passion, red is associated with passion, anger and love.

Hope you all have a Happy & Passionate Valentines Day!


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