In the latest of our topical looks at colour, we focus on the traditional colours of Halloween. Like many events, celebrations and other important dates in the annual calendar, the association with colour is key.
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Yellow is between green and orange on the spectrum of visible light.
Thousands of years ago, a yellow ochre pigment made from clay was one of the first colours used in prehistoric cave art. A little more recently yellows were made from arsenic and cow urine, amongst other substances.
Black is the darkest colour, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. Like white and grey it is an achromatic colour meaning literally ‘without colour’.
While white represents purity and innocence, black symbolises power and secrecy and is often associated with darkness and evil and is the traditional colour of witchcraft. “Black magic” implies magic for ‘evil purposes’. Black and white are often used to describe opposites; light and darkness, good and evil.