Orange is a very special color with a variation of meanings and traditional understanding. Also, we find the color orange in a number of flowers or in fruits. The most prominent orange fruit is the orange itself. In Chinese New Year, oranges are often eaten as emblems of good fortune. Orange is a mix of yellow -which is in China a symbol for perfection- and red -the color of happiness and fortune. Orange is an official symbol of change, and also enlightenment.
In European Art, the orange as a fruit is often a redemption symbol. Often thought as part of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Orange blossoms otherwise, were an ancient symbol of fertility. In the Netherland the official royal color of the queen is orange. It is the color of the royal family of the Oranier: "Oranje", this means orange in the Netherland. For special national events, the people in the Netherlands decorate with orange tulips, other orange flowers, and orange decorative elements.
Orange is very vibrant and warm in its color, which attracts automatically our attention. No wonder that orange is used as a signal color all over the world. Safety vests and other safety items are very often in a very vibrant orange color.
We recognize the color orange very often as stimulating, lively, warm, exotic, and active. No wonder we associate joy, liveliness, fun, playfulness, and activity with this color. We also have very often a positive and life-affirming interpretation of the color orange, because sunsets are very often in a vibrant orange. We also do associate orange with fire, a life-spending but also a life-threatening element.
In some languages are even multiple names for different shades of oranges. For example in the Buddhist countries, where the saffron robes of monks symbolize humility.
Orange is a very interesting and meaningful color. Often seen in company logos, in advertisements, and in print work. Keep your eyes open and discover this vibrant and lively fun color.