Rainbows are produced when sunlight strikes raindrops at a precise angle. These colorful phenomena have a rich history spanning continents and cultures. For many, they positively represent inclusivity, diversity, and good fortune.
Did you know the colors on a primary rainbow are always in order of their wavelength? From longest to shortest: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Rainbows reflect unique moments and communities, hence why the rainbow flag is an important Pride symbol.
And, since there’s no official color for Father’s Day, the rainbow is a wonderful celebratory symbol, as it offers multiple hues to celebrate those who fulfill a fatherly role in our lives.
The History of the Rainbow Pride Flag
The rainbow flag symbolizes the LGBTQIA+ community’s unity and commitment to inclusivity and diversity. It first came into use in 1978 when artist Gilbert Baker designed it for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
“Your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow.” — Cyndi Lauper
Over the years, the flag has been simplified to the standard six-color version used today. The colors represent
- life (red)
- healing (orange)
- sunlight (yellow)
- nature (green)
- harmony (blue)
- spirit (purple)
They also reflect the spectrum of human sexuality and gender. Displaying a Pride flag is one way to support the LGBTQIA+ community. It shows you’re open to accepting everyone regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
The Origins of Father’s Day
On Father’s Day, children show their appreciation to their dads by sending cards, giving gifts, and expressing words of encouragement. Although it was not made an official holiday in the United States until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed it into law, it has become a universally cherished celebration.
Giving roses is a tradition in some cultures for Father’s Day. However, everyone has their way of celebrating this special day. Some choose to give cards to their fathers, pick gifts, go fishing and/or gardening, or dine out with them, while some prefer to devote their entire day to their fathers and spend some quality time with them.
Gifting According to Color
Whether it’s a card or gift, If you’re looking to show your appreciation with gifts, you might consider how COLOR PLAYS A ROLE IN OUR MOODS AND FEELINGS. And how USING THE RIGHT COLORS CAN BRIGHTEN A LOVED ONE’S DAY.
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky
Red is associated with strong, powerful, and positive energy. It is a stimulating and motivating hue that encourages ambition, determination and willpower. As a passionate color, it symbolizes physical energy, invigorating the body and mind and inspiring action.
Orange is a vibrant, cheerful color that conveys enthusiasm, energy, and optimism. It combines the physical vigor of red and the cheerfulness of yellow and can restore our emotional strength in challenging times, helping us move on from disappointment and sadness.
Yellow is seen as a representation of knowledge and is thought to activate the logical side of the brain. It is the lightest hue in the visible spectrum and is associated with joy, optimism and enthusiasm. In terms of psychology, yellow encourages creativity and curiosity and can help to generate new ideas and solutions.
From a psychological and symbolic standpoint, the color green is associated with balance, harmony, growth, renewal and restoration. It can help us to feel emotionally positive and to love and nurture ourselves and others. Additionally, green can bring mental clarity, optimism, emotional calmness, inspiring hope, and a generous spirit.
Blue is a color that is associated with trust, responsibility, honesty, and loyalty. It is dependable, showing inner security and confidence. Blue is known to reduce stress and creates a sense of calmness and peace. The lighter the shade of blue, the more freedom a person feels.
Indigo is a deep midnight blue that combines deep blue and violet. It is associated with intuition and perception and can be used to access the Higher Mind for greater understanding and insight. This color is especially helpful when it comes to introspection and meditation, allowing for more profound levels of consciousness.
The color purple is associated with imagination and spirituality. It encourages us to explore our inner thoughts and motivates us to strive for higher goals. It evokes the same energy and strength as red, along with the spirituality and integrity of blue, creating a balance between our physical and spiritual energies.
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See, there’s so much to color! It’s powerful and affecting.
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