573 Magazine Nov 2017 - Page 35

Worldwide, the color white has paired well with weddings and other significant life or spiritual events for millennia. In ancient Greece, white was the color of bridal joy, and brides not only wore white dresses and white flowers, but they also painted their bodies white.  In China, it was the color of purity and perfection, and thus uniquely suitable as a color associated with death, which they saw as the time when the deceased person moved towards the ultimate achievement.  In ancient Japan, white was also the color of purity and innocence. In Africa, the color white is associated with deities and worship. In the Christian tradition, white clothes were worn at the time of baptism to represent spiritual purity and the washing away of sins. Etiquette books then began to turn the practice into a tradition, and the white gown