Welcome to the sunshine-filled merriment of National Yellow Day! If you think this is an excuse to fuel up on butterscotch candy and wear your canary suit, well, it honestly isn't. But we won't stop you from adding a pop of color to your day, either!
It's national yellow day on the 19th May.
While our research has found only 15 mentions of this obscure event online, it appears the most acknowledgment it's ever received was on 19th May, 2019. Amusingly enough, National Yellow Day doesn't have a long-standing tradition or a riveting historic event attached to it. Perhaps people decided to celebrate because they stumbled upon a half-price sale on yellow ties and thought, why not? Regardless of its origins, there's something undeniably sunny about devoting a day to a color that's synonymous with happiness, creativity, and radiation suits (minus the last part).
Revel in this day in any way that makes your heart feel radiantly yellow. Slap on a marigold sweater, sip your lemon-infused water, gawk at sunflowers, or better yet, watch the 'Yellow Submarine' by The Beatles. After all, the world does need more yellow submarines and less routine, right?
In our digital excavation, the first mention of National Yellow Day traces back to some underground internet forum by a user named 'MangoLover93', claiming it was their least favorite day of the year. Ever since, the day has inexplicably been gathering moderate, yet cheerful traction. Maybe because MangoLover93 didn't quite take to the fad for yellow, it paradoxically sparked curiosity in others!
The term 'yellow' finds its origins in ancient China, where it was associated with the emperor and the imperial dynasty. In Chinese culture, yellow symbolized power, royalty, and the center of the universe. Only the emperor was entitled to wear yellow robes as a mark of his divine authority.
During the 14th century, the English language started incorporating the term 'yellow' to specifically describe the color. It derived from the Old English word 'geolu' or 'geolwe,' which ultimately had roots in the Germanic and Norse languages. The word gradually gained usage and became standardized as the name for the color.
Yellow pigments, such as lead-tin yellow, began to be widely used by artists during the 17th century. This allowed for the depiction of vibrant yellows in paintings, adding a new element to the visual arts. Symbolically, yellow came to represent qualities like joy, optimism, warmth, and enlightenment.
In the 19th century, the term 'yellow' took on a new association with disease. Yellow fever, a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes, caused symptoms like yellowing of the skin and eyes, hence the name. The term 'yellow' began to carry negative connotations due to its association with this devastating disease.
The term 'yellow' gained another cultural association in the 20th century with the rise of 'yellow journalism.' This type of journalism was characterized by sensationalism, exaggerated stories, and biased reporting to attract readers. It was named after 'The Yellow Kid,' a popular comic strip of the time, printed on yellow paper.
In modern times, yellow has reclaimed its positive associations and is often considered a symbol of happiness, optimism, and energy. It is used prominently in various contexts, including branding, advertising, and psychology. The color yellow is believed to inspire creativity, positivity, and a sense of warmth.
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