Welcome to the website, dedicated to thecolor red and everything related
Why is color red so popular?
Well, it's the second most popular color in the world, but undoubdetly the most prominent one. It represents life, love and danger.
Red is closely related to the Sun, as an initial and an ultimate source of energy, which also inspired almost all known religions. This site is made to privide numerous interesting facts about this lively color.
Short history of color red
Did you know red is the third color, recognized in all studied languages, right after black and white, the basic representatives of darkness and light? When a certain language develops, it starts with a few major words, describing the basics and slowly expanding the vocabulary as it's needed to describe more and more complex issues.
Well, it looks red is at thevery top of the list of colors, needed to describe the world of every human being. We cordially invite you to join us at the exploration of the world, where this amazing color plays so important role. We intend to compile a stack of interesting articles about red color, its shades, uses, symbolism and other more or less important characteristics.
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Did you know?
* Red hair occurs only at 1-2 % of world population, with highest frequency in Ireland (10 percent of population)
* Readheads carry melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), recessive gene, occuring in many mutations
* Studies proved people with red hair need more anaesthetic (up to 20 %) than non-redheads (MC1R influences endorphins)
* There are still many persisting superstitions about redheads: if your first caller in Great Britain has red hair, it supposedly brings you bad luck, in Polland, on the other hand, if you pass three redheads in a row, you'll win the lottery
* If we dig a bit deeper into the past, we can find even scariests myths about red-haired people: ancient Greeks believed they turn into vampires after death and Egyptins were so convinced about redheads having bad luck they tried to sacrifice them as soon as possible, to end their misfortune
When is a Redhead Day?
You heard it right. There is a special day just for people with red hair. Well , for everybody else too, if they have a friend or a sympathy with red hair (and who doesn't?).
A festival called Redhead Day started somehow incidentally. a painter named Bart Rouwenhorst, big fan of old masters Dante Gabriel Rossetti (18828-1882) and Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) wanted to pay an hommage to both of his idols, who portrayed several astonishing redheads in different situations. Rouwenhorst innitally wanted to make 15 new paintings of redheaded women and exhibit them, but his adveertisement get much more attention than he expected.
150 redheads volunteered and Rouwenhorst decided to choose 14 as innitially planned. The rest were photographed in a group session with a lottery deciding which one should be the fifteenth. This happened on September 24th 2005 and is officially the first Redhead Day. Next one was organized in a neighbourhood city Breda in 2007. From then on both genders of redheads are invited (if you are not a natural redhead, you can still visit a festival, but please wear as much redas you can).
In general the first weekend in September is reserved for Redhead Days (yes, plural!). This is the list of the festivals so far and looking to see many more in the future:
2007: September 2nd, 800 attendees
2008: September 7th, 1.700 attendees
2009: September 5th and 6th, 50 activities
2010: September 4th and 5th, 4.000 attendees
2011: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th, attendees from over 50 countries
2012: August 31th, September 1st and 2nd, 1255 redheads were standing together for 10 minutes
2013: August 30th, 31th and Septeber 1st, an official Guinness Book of Record of 1622 redheads in one place was recorded
2014: September 5th, 6th and 7th, 6.000 redheads from 80 countries with new world record of 1.714 people with red hair in one place was confirmed
2015: September 4th, 5th and 6th, with Vincent Van Gogh as a major theme
2016: September 2nd, 3r, 4th and 5th, numerous international festivals in USA, UK, Italy, Ireland and other places in the world were held
2017: September 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th