NATIONAL PINK DAY | JUNE 23
Each year on June 23rd, National Pink Day colors the world in vibrant shades of pink and explores everything it represents.
First used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color which got its name from a flower of same name.
According to surveys in both the United States and Europe with results indicating that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood, and the romantic. Pink, when combined with violet or black, is associated with eroticism and seduction.
Dating back to the 14th century, “to pink” (the verb) means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern.”
It would have been curious to find pink used in fabric or decor during the Middle Ages. Occasionally it was seen in women’s fashion and religious art, however. In the 13th and 14th centuries, artists sometimes portrayed the Christ child dressed in pink, the color associated with the body of Christ. Artists also primarily used pink for the flesh color of faces and hands during the Renaissance.
The Rococo Period (1720-1777) was the golden age for the color pink. Pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe during this time. Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, was known for wearing the color pink, often combined with light blue. At one point, Ms. Pompadour had a particular tint of pink explicitly made for her.
Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England. The men in England wore red uniforms, and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink.
Pink became much bolder, brighter, and more assertive in the 20th century and in 1931, the color “Shocking Pink” was introduced.
As one of the most common colors of flowers, pink serves to attract the insects and birds that are necessary for pollination.
Pink in Language
While pink comes in numerous shades, its meanings vary, too.
- In the pink – This phrase refers to someone who is in top form, good health or good condition.
- To see pink elephants – When someone “sees pink elephants” they are hallucinating due to too much drink.
- Pink slip – When an employer gives a person a pink slip it means they’ve been fired or dismissed from a job. The term was first recorded in the United States in 1915.
- Pink-collar worker – Refers to persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work.”
- Pink Money – The term describes the economic spending power of the LGBT community. Other uses include “the pink pound” or “pink dollar.”
- Tickled pink – When one is exceptionally pleased, they are “tickled pink.”
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PINK DAY
Think pink on June 23rd. Whether you wear it, eat it or make a donation, you’ll be celebrating the day. However, you don’t have to stop there. Try these other fun pink ideas:
- Plant or give some pink flowers.
- Use pink in a sentence.
- Temporarily (or permanently) dye your hair pink.
- Color or paint something in shades of pink.
- Paint your nails pink.
Use #NationalPinkDay in social media.
Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL PINK DAY HISTORY
While we haven’t discovered the founder of the National Pink Day, National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this colorful celebration.