It seems we’re close to reaching the end of the A to Z challenge! Whew! I had intended to write about yoga or youth for the letter Y, but my energy is waning. Besides after writing about toilets and tampons, I think it might be best to turn to a brighter topic. Don’t you?
How about yellow? Yellow is everywhere in India. When expats first arrive, the colors can be overwhelming. Few cultures in the world use the full spectrum of color like Indians do. When they leave, the colors are one of the most vivid memories expats take with them, and often the first thing they miss. Even on short trips back to the US, I wonder why all the trucks aren’t painted so magnificently.
Because saffron (orange) is the symbol of fire and purity, and the Indian flag includes saffron and green, those colors are popular. But, yellow runs close behind. Nowhere is the color more prevalent than the ubiquitous auto rickshaw.
Of course, rickshaws aren’t the only yellow items you see. Clothing is very colorful, and yellow is a popular choice.
Home decor often includes the full spectrum of colors.
I’m not sure why Indians love yellow so much. In Hinduism, the color yellow symbolizes knowledge, and it’s the color of spring. I will always think of sunshine.