Should Red Remain The Colour Of Love?

It was red rage on Valentine Day. It was an annual ritual where everywhere, everything and indeed everyone is in red or supposed to be. From clothes to shoes, bags, sunshades, hats, caps, head-ties, handkerchiefs, mufflers, cards and souvenirs among others, it was just red. On facebook it was red riot. All these are just to prove or show how much love is in the air. It is to express how much you love your spouse or loved ones. But specifically in our clime, the Valentine Day is exclusively meant for couples (man and woman) or that is the body language of many.

Trust Nigerians we are so good in copying. We do not only copy but reproduce perfectly to outclass the concept and idea of the originators. Virtually everything we do today is almost borrowed from the United States of America and its allies. Even our democracy is modeled and fashioned around their style of government. Don’t ask me if our leaders and public office holders behave like those of the Americans. That is an issue for another day.

Back to Valentine Day and its expression of love. Nigerians are good lovers. From creation we have been designed by divine arrangement to be our brother’s keepers that suggests that we made to love. We are born to love, in fact we are love itself. It therefore not surprising to see Nigerians express love so much so that a lot of persons are already threatening to break-up their relationships with their spouses just because offender forgot to send love wishes or could not adequately express love to the complaint by way of taking her out to a eatery or send a rose flower.

But before we lose track of the thrust of this piece which is on the red rage, permit me to ask dear reader, what is the true colour of love? Why do we pick red as colour of love? How did we settle for red as the colour of love? Like I said earlier we are Rank Xerox by nature so the answer to the last question is that we simply choose to follow the Americans in expressing love with red colour. To answer the second question which is in line with the third, we decided to love with and in red because we forgot or fail to educate the Americans that red signifies danger and most times evil. No one wants to behold the colour of blood, not even doctors and nurses who see blood almost daily.

To answer the first question, the colour of love is not supposed to be red but perhaps blue. Have you considered the reason why lovers most times visit the beach and sit down to watch the sea waves splash on the beach? Yes sometimes it is to feel the serene atmosphere and nature made fresh winds and to stay away from the noise buzz at home. In others words they want to lock out themselves on the beach to concentrate on issues affecting their affairs but beyond that they also want to catch a glimpse of the beauty of the sea which is more expressed in its colour –blue. Little wonder why lovers most times love posing behind the sea to get a shot that even outlives their relationships.

I want to believe that blue therefore should be the real colour of love and not red. Yes the presentation of red rose flower as a real expression of love could be the beginning of our acceptance of red to mean love. But rose flower comes in several colors with different meanings and interpretations. Those we copy from whose climate allows the planting and survival of the flower explains thus:

Red Roses: A red rose is an unmistakable expression of love. Red roses convey deep emotions – be it love, longing or desire. Red Roses can also be used to convey respect, admiration or devotion. A deep red rose can be used to convey heartfelt regret and sorrow. The number of red roses has special romantic meanings associated with them. 12 red roses is the most popular of all which conveys “Be mine” and “I love you”

White Roses: White is the color of purity, chastity and innocence. White flowers are generally associated with new beginnings and make an ideal accompaniment to a first-time bride walking down the aisle. White flowers can be used to convey sympathy or humility. They also are indicative of spirituality. Hence, white roses also follow suit.

Yellow Roses: Yellow roses are an expression of exuberance. Yellow roses evoke sunny feelings of joy, warmth and welcome. They are symbols of friendship and caring. The yellow rose, like the other roses, does not carry an undertone of romance. It indicates purely platonic emotions.

Pink Roses: There are a lot of variations of the pink rose. Over all, pink roses are used to convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy and gratitude. Light pink rose blooms are indicative of sweetness and innocence. Deep pink rose blooms convey deep gratitude and appreciation. Pink roses also connote elegance and grace.

Orange Roses: While a yellow rose reminds us of the sun, an orange rose reminds us of a fiery blaze. These fiery blooms signify passion and energy. Orange roses can be used to express intense desire, pride and fervor. They also convey a sense of fascination. These flowers rival only the red roses as messengers of passion in romance.

Lavender Roses: A Lavender rose like its color conveys enchantment. It also expresses “love at first sight”. Darker shades of lavender roses (close to purple) convey a sense of regal majesty and splendor. These roses are used to express fascination and adoration.

Blue Roses: A perfectly blue rose is still elusive like the perfectly black rose. Blue roses cannot be achieved naturally so they represent the unattainable or the mysterious. Blue roses therefore embody the desire for the unattainable. They say “I can’t have you but I can’t stop thinking about you”

Green roses: Green is the color of harmony, of opulence, of fertility. It is also a color indicative of peace and tranquility. Green roses (these are off-white roses with shades of green) can symbolize best wishes for a prosperous new life or wishes for recovery of good health

Black Roses: Black is the color of death and farewell. A black rose, like the blue rose remains elusive. What we know as black roses are actually really dark red roses. Black roses convey the death of a feeling or idea. Sending black roses to someone indicates the death of the relationship.

Mixed Roses: By mixing rose blooms of different colors purposefully, you can create a bouquet of emotions. For example, a bouquet of red and white roses would mean I love you intensely and my intentions are honorable. A random mix of roses would convey mixed feelings or send a message: “I don’t know what my feelings are yet but I sure do like you enough to send you roses.”

But I dare conclude that if the oyibos tell us what they believe through want nature presents to them we should also be wise to accept what nature presents to us as the real fact. Rose is not a common plant or flower in our clime and we don’t have the climatic conditions to see the several colors or kinds of rose hence we must reject red as the real color of love and settle for blue. If you agree with me can I hear you say “I” and if you disagree can I hear you say “nay” the Is have it. Our color of love in Nigeria should henceforth be blue and not red. Senator David Mark has brought down his gavel, it becomes a law of the Federal Republic of Love. I believe we are still in the mood of Valentine so, Happy Val to you all dear readers.

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