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The main symbol of blue color is divinity

The main symbol of blue color is divinity

Forget-me-nots and violets in a vase. ‘Blue tenderness’. Oil painting by Elena Zhukovskaya. The main symbol of blue color is divinity

The main symbol of blue color is divinity
It is the blue color that calls man to infinity, to depth, to purity and supersensible. For blue is associated with the color of the sky and the color of the water. The blue color also gives an unusual feeling of meditation, calmness and serious contemplation. It is not always the color of joy, more often of sadness, for the boundlessness of the sky, its unknowability give a feeling of sadness and anxiety.
The symbolism of blue comes from the obvious physical fact – the blue of the cloudless sky. In mythological consciousness, the sky has always been the abode of gods, spirits of ancestors, angels; hence the main symbol of blue is divinity. The conjugated meanings are mystery, mysticism, holiness, nobility and purity (spirituality), constancy (in faith, devotion and love), perfection, high origin (blue blood), justice (God’s work).
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Singapore melting pot blue color

Life in color - Singapore melting pot blue color

The night market, consisting of hundreds of colorful canopies, looks like a popular Tetris game from the top. The shot by an amateur photographer Pradeep Raja. Life in color – Singapore melting pot blue color

Singapore melting pot blue color
In fact, every country has its own, distinctive color. For example, we associate green color with Ireland, but Spain – with red color. Also, country of lakes, good ecology and clean water – Finland, which we associate with blue. Mongolia, the country of steppes and desert terrain – with a gray-yellow color. Traditionally, Russian associate their country with pink, just because on all political maps it is pink.
And what color is Singapore? In fact, nobody can answer. However, in my opinion, it is blue, even deep blue, and especially at night.
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Common North American Blue jay

Common North American Blue jay

Cyanocitta cristata, or Common North American Blue jay

Common North American Blue jay
An amazing thing, but there are a number of opinions that the blue jay is a deceiver by nature in all senses. It, they say, is not even blue! Those who held it in hands, note that the characteristic blue outflow of its feathers is due only to their refractive internal structure. If the feather drops out, there is no blue color in sight.
In American culture, the character is quite well-known and in general its reputation is bad enough. In southern African-American folklore there is a mention that this bird is the messenger of the devil himself! According to belief, you can’t find Blue jay on Friday, because it fuels the furnace of Hell. And on Saturday it sings happily, because the furnace of Hell is ready and the bird returns for our souls.
Mark Twain mentions the blue jay in the book “Jim Baker’s Blue-jay Yarn” and also not very flattering about this bird. The character of the book, Jim Baker, argues that jays are birds simply because they wear feathers and do not go to church, and so they are very similar to people, evil devils and liars, all this way.
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Symbolic Blue bird of happiness

Symbolic Blue bird of happiness

Symbolic Blue bird of happiness

Symbolic Blue bird of happiness
In Europe, birds of blue color are almost impossible to find, except for kingfisher and sifter. In fact, Bluebird lives high in the mountains in Tajikistan, in Hindustan, China, and some countries of Asia. And mostly, at an altitude of about 3000 m in the mountains. It has a strong and beautiful voice that can drown out the sound of a waterfall or a mountain stream. The blue bird builds the nest in an impregnable place in the rocks. Noteworthy, its blue plumage looks blue only in the sun’s rays, but turns black in the shade.
For some Germanic peoples, the blue bird has long been a symbol of happiness. “Chasing the Blue Bird” means to seek happiness. And it is clear how this symbol developed: in Europe there are really no blue birds, and to catch such a bird means great luch and a miracle.
Meanwhile, the image and term of the bird of happiness appeared in Western literature thanks to intelligent people. It still lives only in the language of educated people; if you say: “You’re chasing a blue bird,” – not everyone will understand you.
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Genetic engineering wonder Blue Strawberry

Inside and out - Genetic engineering wonder Blue Strawberry

Inside and out – Genetic engineering wonder Blue Strawberry

Genetic engineering wonder Blue Strawberry
Undoubtedly, Genetic engineering works wonders! And one of these wonders – rare blue strawberry. Yes, it exists, however not in nature, but in human “kitchen gardens”. And mostly, in particular people grow strawberries for commercial cultivation for the purpose of selling to the population. Genetically modified, this strawberry is unusual, large, and sometimes even gigantic. According to scientists, the blue color is due to the gene of Arctic flounder, which makes the berry resistant to low temperatures.
Meanwhile, people as a rule, looking at food packaging prefer the inscription “Without GMOs …” Because the products grown with the help of genetic engineering are miserably studied. And no scientist will recommend such a product for sure. No one will for sure tell you what the consequences will be for you, and your children, after you eat this strawberry.
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Indian Blue Lotus Festival

Indian Blue Lotus Festival

Symbol of the festival. Photo by Oakridge Keg & Cask Festival. Indian Blue Lotus Festival

Indian Blue Lotus Festival

An International event, the Blue Lotus Festival focuses on presenting the richness of Indian culture and music! The visitors coming to the festival discover the sounds of India at Pushkar, Rajasthan. The event takes place in February. The mission of an unprecedented international event – to present the richness of genres and styles of best of Indian music. In particular, Sufi, Folk, Traditional, Gypsy, Tribal, Devotional, Spiritual and Indigenous music from 13th to 18th February 2013. The festival in Pushkar, an ancient town of great cultural and historical importance is in Rajasthan, India.
According to Indian mythology, Pushkar has originated from the petal that fell from a blue lotus held by Lord Brahma – the creator of the universe. From the fourth century BC people have been visiting Pushkar for pilgrimage and some settled here transforming it into a town of unique spirit with hundreds of hidden temples and picturesque ghats surrounding the lake.
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St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge

St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge

18th century construction – St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge

St. Petersburg widest bright Blue Bridge
Previously wooden and painted in bright blue, the name “Blue” is due to its original appearance. In the XIX century, the crossing was rebuilt in stone, but the bridge retained its color and name until today.
In fact, in the 18th century it was typical of St. Petersburg to name bridges in different colors. And in particular, the Moika River was famous for its “colored” bridges. And alongside with Blue bridge, there were other colored bridges – Green, Red and Yellow. Undoubtedly, these buildings were the brightest spots in the architecture of St. Petersburg, in which strict colors prevailed. Noteworthy, the coloring of buildings was ctrictly regulated by royal decrees. However, the multi-colored bridges on the Moika was by no means a bold design move. In fact, located close to each other bridges were so similar that the townspeople often confused them. Anyway, it was a wise decision to have colorful bridges among gray granite architecture of St. Petersburg.
To date, there are only two “color” bridges in the city – Red and Blue. The green bridge eventually got the name Politseisky (the Police Officer), and the Yellow Bridge became the Singing Bridge.
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