20 Facts About The Color Purple

Purple Flowers Photo



Royalty, nobility, luxury, and ambition are all associated with the color purple.

But what other facts do we know about this magical color?

Originally, the color purple came from a dye made from the mucus glands of a tropical sea snail known as the murex.

The murex’s Latin name is purpura, which is where we get the word purple from.

Because purple dye was so difficult to obtain and expensive to produce, the color became the royal color in many parts of the world and is traditionally associated with royalty and power.

In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.

Purple is the hardest color for the eye to distinguish.

Carrots used to be purple – as well as red, white, yellow, and of course orange.

Purple symbolizes the gay community in many Western cultures.

The Archbishop of Cyprus is allowed to sign official papers in purple ink.

The film Purple Rain, released in 1984, won an Oscar for the Best Original Song Score.

The Purple Finch is the State bird of New Hampshire.

Purple Finch

A film called The Color Purple, which was released in 1985, received 11 Oscar nominations, however, it didn’t win a single award.

Purple is the color for epilepsy awareness because of its association with lavender, which is a traditional herbal treatment for the disease.

March 26th is Purple Day, which is a day where people dress in purple and raise awareness for Epilepsy.

Purple Day was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a nine-year-old Canadian.

If you’re born “in the purple” you are born of high or a noble birth.

Forbidden City in Beijing, China is actually called “The Purple Forbidden City”, which is a reference to a secret purple area in heaven, thought to be centered somewhere near the North Star.

You may have heard the “fact” that nothing rhymes with the word purple, this is incorrect. Curple is a strap under the girth of a horse’s saddle, which stops the saddle from kicking forward. Hirple is to walk with a limp and Nurple – which is my favorite one, is the act of roughly twisting a nipple!

Samuel L. Jackson said that he would only play Mace Windu in Star Wars if he had a purple lightsaber!

Dominica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua are the only nations on Earth to use the color purple in their flags.

In the garden, the perfect complementary color to purple is yellow.

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Luke Ward
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