What do different colors mean around the world?
Color Cultures and Meanings
  • Australian Aboriginals: Land, earth
  • Celtic: Death, afterlife
  • China: Good luck, celebration, summoning
  • Cherokees: Success, triumph. Represents the East.
  • Hebrew: Sacrifice, sin
  • India: Purity
  • South Africa: Color of mourning
  • Russia: Bolsheviks and Communism
  • Eastern: Worn by brides, happiness and prosperity
  • Western: Excitement, danger, love, passion, stop, Christmas (with green), Valentine's Day
  • Astrology: Gemini
  • Feng Shui: Yang, fire, good luck, money, respect, recognition, vitality
  • Psychology: Stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, increases blood pressure
  • Roses: Love, respect - red and yellow together means gaiety, joviality
  • Stained Glass (Dante): Divine love, the Holy Spirit, courage, self-sacrifice, martyrdom. A warm, active color.
  • Korea: Trust
  • Eastern: Marriage
  • Western: Love, babies, especially female babies, Valentine's Day
  • Feng Shui: Yin, love
  • Psychology: Used in diet therapy as an appetite suppressant, relaxes muscles, soothing
  • Roses: Gratitude and appreciation (deep pink) or admiration and sympathy (light pink)
  • Ireland: Religious (Protestants)
  • Netherlands: House of Orange
  • Western: Halloween (with black), creativity, autumn
  • Astrology: Sagittarius
  • Feng Shui: Yang, earth, strengthens conversation, purpose, organization
  • Psychology: Energizes, stimulates appetite
  • Roses: Enthusiasm, desire
  • Eastern: Wealth, strength
  • Western: Wealth
  • Astrology: Leo (Golden Yellow/Orange)
  • Feng Shui: Yang, metal, God consciousness
  • Stained Glass (Dante): The sun, the goodness of God, treasure in heaven, spiritual achievement, and the good life.
  • Apache: East - where the sun rises
  • Cherokee: Trouble and strife.
  • China: Nourishing, royalty
  • Egypt: Mourning
  • India: Merchants
  • Japan: Courage
  • Navajo: Doko'oosliid - Abalone Shell Mountain
  • Eastern: Proof against evil, for the dead, sacred, imperial
  • Western: Hope, hazards, coward, weakness, taxis
  • Astrology: Taurus
  • Feng Shui: Yang, earth, auspicious, sun beams, warmth, motion
  • Psychology: Energizes, relieves depression, improves memory, stimulates appetite
  • Roses: Sociability, friendship, joy, gladness - red and yellow together means gaiety, joviality
  • Stained Glass (Dante): The sun, the goodness of God, treasure in heaven, spiritual achievement, and the good life.
  • Apache: South
  • China: Green hats indicate a man's wife is cheating on him, exorcism
  • India: Islam
  • Ireland: Symbol of the entire country, religious (Catholics)
  • Islam: Perfect faith
  • Japan: Life
  • Eastern: Eternity, family, health, prosperity, peace
  • Western: Spring, new birth, go, money, Saint Patrick's Day, Christmas (with red)
  • Astrology: Cancer (bright green)
  • Feng Shui: Yin, wood, growing energy, nurturing, balancing, healing, health, calming
  • Psychology: Soothing, relaxing mentally and physically, helps with depression, anxiety and nervousness
  • Stained Glass (Dante): Hope, victory over ignorance, happiness and gaiety, springtime, youth, good humor, and fun.
  • Cherokees: Defeat, trouble. Represents the North.
  • China: Immortality
  • Iran: Color of heaven and spirituality, mourning
  • Navajo: Tsoodzil - Turquoise Mountain
  • Eastern: Wealth, self-cultivation
  • Western: Depression, sadness, conservative, corporate, "something blue" bridal tradition
  • Astrology: Capricorn and Aquarius (dark blue)
  • Feng Shui: Yin, water, calm, love, healing, relaxing, peace, trust, adventure, exploration
  • Psychology: Calming, lowers blood pressure, decreases respiration
  • Stained Glass (Dante): Wisdom of God, the light of heaven, meditation, enduring loyalty, and eternity.
Powder Blue or Baby Blue
  • Western: babies, especially male babies
  • Astrology: Virgo
  • Thailand: Mourning, widows
  • Eastern: Wealth
  • Western: Royalty
  • Astrology: Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces
  • Feng Shui: Yin, spiritual awareness, physical and mental healing
  • Stained Glass (Dante): Justice, royalty, suffering and mystery. With white it stands for humility and purity.
  • Astrology: Virgo and Libra
  • Psychology: Suppresses appetite, peaceful environment, good for migraines
  • Apache: North - source of snow.
  • Cherokee: Peace and happiness. Represents the South.
  • China: Death, mourning
  • India: unhappiness
  • Japan: White carnation symbolizes death
  • Navajo: Tsisnaasjini' - Dawn or White Shell Mountain
  • Eastern: Funerals, helpful people, children, marriage, mourning, peace, travel
  • Western: Brides, angels, good guys, hospitals, doctors, peace (white dove)
  • Astrology: Aries and Pisces
  • Feng Shui: Yang, metal, death, mourning, spirits, ghosts, poise, confidence
  • Roses: Reverence, humility
  • Stained Glass (Dante): Serenity, peace, purity, joy, faith, and innocence.
  • Apache: West - where the sun sets
  • Australian Aboriginals: Color of the people
  • Cherokee: Problems and death. Represents the West.
  • China: Color for young boys
  • Navajo: Dibé Nitsaa - Obsidian Mountain
  • Thailand: Bad luck, unhappiness, evil
  • Eastern: Career, evil, knowledge, mourning, pennance
  • Western: Funerals, death, Halloween (with orange), bad guys, rebellion
  • Feng Shui: Yin, water, money, income, career success, emotional protection, power, stability, bruises, evil
  • Psychology: self-confidence, strength, power
  • Eastern: Helpers, travel
  • Western: Boring, dull, plain, sad
  • Feng Shui: Yin, metal, dead, dull, indefinite
  • Western: stylish, money
  • Feng Shui: Yin, metal, trust, romance
  • Australian Aboriginals: Color of the land
  • Cherokee: Good.
  • Western: Wholesome, earthy, dependable, steadfast, health
  • Astrology: Capricorn and Scorpio (reddish brown)
  • Feng Shui: Yang, earth, industry, grounded

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