this section, Marian will discuss the Asian symbolism of colors,
animals, flowers, and other elements.
The book Living Color, Master Lin Yun's Guide of Feng Shui
and the Art of Color, by Sarah Rossbach and Lin Yun, describes
what colors symbolize in Chinese culture, according to Lin Yun.
WHITE represents winter.
RED, considered an auspicious color, is associated with
happiness, warmth, strength, and fame. As a result, a traditional
Chinese bride will wear a scarlet cheongsam (long dress), a father
of a newborn son hands out eggs dyed red, and Chinese New Year
is dispensed in red lucky money envelopes.
PURPLE is an equally auspicious color that is said to inspire
respect. Some say that it is luckier than the color red.
YELLOW or GOLD stands for power. It gives a sense of tolerance,
patience, and wisdom gained from past experience.
GREEN represents tranquility, hope, and freshness. It symbolizes
BLUE is associated with wood. Therefore, it symbolizes spring,
new growth, and hope.
BLUE-GREEN is more auspicious than blue alone because it is
more closely aligned with the colors of nature and spring.
BLACK gives a feeling of depth in mood and perspective.
balance and the resolution of conflict. To some individuals,
gray is a marriage of opposites: black and white.
BROWN creates a stable, established impression. It symbolizes
the depth and roots of wood. Another related impression of brown
is the sense of passage of time. It can remind us of autumn, when
leaves turn brown.
TAN represents a new, successful beginning.
ORANGE, as a mixture of red and yellow, is auspicious and has
characteristics of those colors—happiness and power.
PINK represents love and pure feelings, joy, happiness, and romance.
PEACH represents attraction and love.