However, if we have the opportunity to visit other places and other worlds, we’ll find different meanings and different celebrations. For example, according to Jennifer Kyrnin (of About.com), in China, red symbolizes “good luck, celebration, summoning” while in the West, red also symbolizes “excitement, danger, love, passion, stop, Valentine’s Day.”
Green is also a special color. In the West, it connotes “spring, new birth, go, money, Saint Patrick’s Day, Christmas (with red) and in contrast, in the East, “Eternity, family, health, prosperity, and peace.”
You can pursue the study of color through our library. Color is an essential element in art, painting, or web design. You could try John Gage’s “Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism,” or “Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction,” available through our Link + service.
Or, in the Alameda County Library, “Pantone guide to communicating with color” by Leatrice Eiseman.