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Why Do Some People Have Red Doors?

As Chinese New Year festivals wind down and the Year of the Water Snake begins, a few reminders of the celebration may remain – including one or two more red doors than there were the previous year. That’s because the color red holds a great deal of significance in Chinese culture and doors are often painted red as a sign of welcome, generally, but also to invite good luck and prosperity into the home. Also, as an element of <em>feng shui</em>, a red door colors the energy that enters the home in a positive way. So, the next time you’re in Chinatown – or China – take notice of the doors, archways and entryway décor. Do you see a lot of red? That's no accident. The Chinese, however, are not the only folks who have a thing for red doors ... Back in the day, many people of faith would paint the doors of their homes and churches red to put Evil on notice that the buildings were blessed. The tradition stemmed from the Biblical narrative of the Exodus, when the Israelites were instructed to mark their doors with the blood of a lamb to avoid the tenth plague inflicted upon the Egyptians. These days, though, most people just use paint, seeing as how you can't get a good seal with lamb's blood and reapplication can be a bit of a nightmare. On a much lighter note, the Scots have been known to paint their doors red to announce when their properties are mortgage-free. Presumably, it’s also a fine way to thumb their noses at the neighbors ... and the English. Then, of course, there are those people who just like the color red. Boom: No further explanation needed. So, if you're thinking of painting your door red know that you'll be in fine company no matter what your reason, and you may even bring a little more good luck your way. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to share your favorite front-door color and whether the hue means something special to you.
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