Ladies in Red at Moments Ballroom – and the Significance of the Colour Throughout History by Jas (Blog 201)
By coincidence all the women who arrived at Moments Ballroom in Kensington for Big Band Night last night were wearing red! Maybe it`s because of the season -or maybe everyone in the London Sims was just so naturally in tune with each other that we picked the same colour. Either way the music was superb- brought to us by the talented DJ JB Goode. The stunning hostess who gave us all a warm welcome is also the Manager there- Jayde Enoch.For once, everyone had a dance partner, and the men looked very handsome in their tuxedos! The event over ran by half an hour, as everyone was having such a great time, and no-one wanted to go home. The set finished with the most appropriate song- “Lady in Red” by Chris de Burgh.
See pics of the event by also clicking on this link:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/107369297@N08/sets/72157638603878593/
Moments are having two big events over the Christmas season. The first is a Masked Ball on the 21st of December – with a live big band, and the second is the same thing a week later (December 28th). It is believed to be such a popular event that people will want to do it twice – and after all it is the season for excess, and you can never have too much big band music. So dig those masks out of your inventories, people, and add that mysterious edge to your avatar this season!
Wednesday`s event got me thinking about the significance of the colour red, though, and our traditions of using it so much for Christmas, so I got Googling about it all. Physically, apparently, humans are stimulated by the colour red, and it can increase the blood-pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate – I knew there was a reason those guys were getting so hot under the collar at last nights event! It can also inspire “action and confidence, and provide a sense of protection from fear and anxiety”, according to Kate Smith on the Sensational Colour website. In many countries, including Russia, China and Japan, the colour represents beauty. In lots of religions, too, the colour is also significant,for example, in Hinduism the colour represents joy, life, energy and creativity. “Islamic, Hindu and Chinese Brides wear red” writes Kate, and ” in many cultures red amulets were worn to prolong life”. According to Kate, in another article on the same website, she believes that the origins of both the colours green and red being used for Christmas may”date back to the 1300s when Adam and Eve’s Day was celebrated on December 24th.” She explains that “each year on this day churches traditionally presented a Paradise Play depicting the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden”, and that “a decorated pine tree represented the Tree of Good and Evil.” She goes on to say ” but the tree wasn’t only seen in the play. Churches began adding a tree (with) red apples into their Christmas displays”, and that the idea ” was so popular especially in Germany, that people began to put pine trees up in their homes during the holiday, decorating them with red apples, as the church folks had done.”
The colours may have represented this time of year long before this, though, through the plant Holly, and was even used in ancient pagan ceremonies as far back as the Roman`s celebration of “Saturnalia”.
Over the centuries, the colour red still represented the various festivals at this time of the year. The Saxons were thought to have brought the celebration of Yule with them, along with the decorated logs in the colours of red, green and white. Although it was considered bad luck to buy the log – it had to be either a gift or acquired by some other means – not involving money-stolen,perhaps! Yule meant “wheel” in Old Norse, as they referred to this time of year as “the turning time” – relating to the lengthening of days after December the 21st. Of course in Scandinavia this time was eagerly awaited, as they could have up to 35 days of darkness before it.
Christians see the colour as representing the blood of Christ, and all types of martyrdom, including those of saints. Although, in the 12th century the Christian church adopted the colour as a representation of authority- and maybe the association with power has continued to this day- think red carpet and “red-letter days”.
It was as the Victorians revived Christmas that we began to see Father Christmas aka Santa Claus in his trademark red outfit. In the later part of the nineteenth century Thomas Nast – an illustrator- drew, and had published, many pictures of the cheery man in the red suit we know today. He was said to have been inspired by the poem “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” (otherwise known as “The Night before Christmas”) -originally published anonymously in 1823, but acknowledged to the the work of Clement Clarke Moore – although there is notably no mention of red in this poem.
In the twentieth century the main tradition of Santa wearing this colour lies in the advertising for a certain fizzy drinks company- I think we all know which one! Again,artist Haddon Sundblom,who created the iconic images from 1931, was said to have been inspired by the poem “The Night Before Christmas” to include the red suit. But- I
ll say it again, since Ive just read the poem several times, there is NO mention of the colour red being worn by Santa in the poem!!!
According to Wikipedia the colour” red is commonly associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, beauty, blood, anger…. and in China and many other cultures, with happiness”, and given it
s festive associations, through whatever sources, Im sure we`ll see much more of it in the London Sims and throughout Second Life in the next few weeks.
Get out your red clothes – show your sexy, powerful and festive sides – using all in one colour!