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Color around you makes you happy, that's why we like to talk about color here. This time it's about purple, the color of transformation and intuition. Purple radiates wealth, mystery and magic and it is also the color of mourning, royalty and religion. We think purple is especially beautiful. Very occasionally the sky turns a perfect purple when the sun sets and that always has something very special. There is quite a lot to say about purple, here are 10 things you probably didn't know yet.

1 - Purple store

It exists, a store (and webshop) where you can only buy purple products. The PURPLEologist shop is located in the state of South Carolina USA. Where else?! From jewelry to umbrellas, clothing, glasses and even a purple Christmas tree full of purple Christmas decorations, of course. Have you ever been to North Myrtle Beach and love purple? Go for it!

photo: purpleologist.com

2 - Purple eyes are extremely rare

If you ever spot purple eyes, they are colored lenses or, as here, a Photoshop filter. Violet or purple eyes are very rare; only people with albinism can have that color eyes. There is an online myth called Alexandria's Genesis . People with this genetic mutation are said to have purple eyes. But that whole myth has been debunked and therefore not true.

Purple eyes cat

3 - Purple Day (March 26)

Purple Day was founded in 2008 by Cassidy Megan from Nova Scotia, Canada. Purple Day is celebrated on March 26 and was created to raise awareness about epilepsy.

4 - Carrots used to be purple

There are many theories about how and why most carrots are now orange. As far as we can tell, we Dutch are to blame for this. As the story goes, Dutch farmers in the 17th century began crossing their carrots until they were orange specifically in honor of William of Orange.

Purple carrots

5 - The psychology of purple

Purple combines the power and energy of red with the integrity and truth of blue. It is the color preferred by those who seek connection with a higher realm, the universe and beyond. It is the color that we connect with spiritual awareness and reflection. Therefore, it is preferred by those who follow a spiritual calling and seek a higher truth.

6 - Porphyrophobia is the fear of the color purple

The fear of purple is real. As explained on phobiasource.com, "the fear of virtually any color is linked to negative associations. The fear can develop as a result of observation or personal experience, but it often goes back to a conscious or unconscious, but very negative association between the color purple and something that left a lasting negative impression.”

mouse in purple tulip

7 - There is only one nation with purple in its flag: Dominica

Most flags have colors such as red, blue, white, black or green. However, there is only one nation whose flag has a hint of purple and that is Dominica. Their flag shows a parrot with purple breast and head.

8 - Royal purple

Because purple dye was so difficult to obtain and expensive to produce, the Romans declared purple a status symbol. Julius Caesar decreed that no one else could wear it except himself. Elizabeth I wore purple to her coronation banquet in 1559, and when she died in 1603, her coffin was draped in purple velvet. Since this time, purple has become the color of royalty in the West.

purple paint

9 - Favorite purple

Do you like purple? Then you are not alone. Samuel L. Jackson said he would only play Mace Windu in Star Wars if he had a purple lightsaber.

Mace Windu

10 - Purple rain

The most famous song ever with the color purple is of course Purple Rain by Prince. The 1984 film Purple Rain won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score. But what does that mean: purple rain? Prince felt that the color purple symbolized the end of the world. For him, the song Purple Rain was about finding divine guidance during Armageddon.

Would you like to say something about purple? Tell!

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    • Anouk
    • April 29, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Mijn favourite kleur is paars en deze tien weetjes zijn erg interessant!!!!!

    • Patty
    • March 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Hoiii, ik word ook altijd heel blij van paars, ik denk ook vaak aan paarse krokusjes…

    • Angelique
    • March 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Kim Taehyung (V van BTS) gaf ook een nieuwe betekenis aan het woord paars. Hij zei "Purple is the last color of the rainbow so it means I will trust and love you for a long time. Purple means love, trust and loyalty. So technically if someone tells you “I purple you”, that someone is saying “I’ll trust you, love you, support you, and be loyal to you until my last breath”. "
    Meteen daarna zei hij dat hij dit ter plekke had verzonnen, maar sindsdien bestaat de uitdrukking “I purple you!” in het Koreaans “Borahae”

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