Is RED your favorite color? What does color "RED" mean in your language or culture? What does the RED color implies? In China, red is the symbol of fire and the south (both south in general and Southern China specifically). It carries a largely positive connotation, being associated with courage, loyalty, honor, success, fortune, fertility, happiness, passion, and summer. In Chinese cultural traditions, red is associated with weddings (where brides traditionally wear red dresses) and red paper is also frequently used to wrap gifts of money or other objects. Special red packets are specifically used during Chinese New Year celebrations for giving monetary gifts. On the more negative side, obituaries are traditionally written in red ink, and to write someone's name in red signals either cutting them out of one's life, or that they have died. In Japan, red is a traditional color for a heroic figure. Most Japanese children draw the sun as a big red circle. A red kimono symbolizes happiness and good luck. In East Asian stock markets, red is used to denote a rise in stock prices. (Note: In North American stock markets, red is used to denote a drop in stock prices.) In the Indian subcontinent, red is an auspicious color for marriage, and is frequently represented in the media as a symbolic color for married women. Brides in India and Nepal wear red saris. The color is associated with purity, as well as with sexuality in marriage relationships through its connection to heat and fertility. It is also the color of wealth, beauty, and the goddess Lakshmi. In Central Africa, Ndembu warriors rub themselves with red paint during celebrations. Since their culture sees the color as a symbol of life and health, sick people are also painted with it. Like most Central African cultures, the Ndembu see red as ambivalent, better than black but not as good as white. To other parts in Africa, red signifies danger. Red signifies pain and sorrow. Red also signifies death. When someone dies in that community people wear Red color to show our pain and sorrow. In happy times, they wear white. Because red bears are associated with death in many parts of Africa, the Red Cross has changed its colors to green and white in parts of the continent. Interesting, right? Share your thoughts and knowledge too about RED!