Girl in Big Sunglasses - smallToday, June 23 is National Pink Day! It is a day set aside for the color pink and all it represents, a day to revel in pink. From classic movies to stunning natural feats, you can see the color pink everywhere you turn. Let’s take some time to celebrate it! The Past of Pink To truly understand the past of pink, we travel back hundreds of years to the 15th century, back when pink was just a lowly verb meaning “to decorate with a perforated or punctured pattern.” Two centuries later, pink emerged from this humble beginning as a color, meandering between red and white. The pale red color became associated with the term “pink” thanks to a flower of the same name. However. It wasn’t until the 18th century that pink really hit it’s stride. The Rococo Period was the golden age for pink, with pastel colors regarded as high fashion in the courts of Europe. In fact, Madame de Popadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France was well known for her elaborate, pink attire. In the modern day, pink is most commonly associated with love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic, with significant ties to Breast Cancer Awareness. The Birds and the Bees As one of the most common colors for flowers, pink serves to attract insects and birds crucial to pollination, as well as to deter predators. Aside from adding a splash of color to many gardens, pink is vitally important to the survival of many plants. Some well-known flowers sporting a shade of pink include tulips, peonies, roses, hibiscuses, and dahlias. Keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful blooms outside today! As for birds, flamingos, cockatoos, and Cassin’s finches all look dashing in pink, though they may be harder to spot around town. Perhaps nature’s greatest and pinkest feats are sunsets. The colors of a sunset result from a phenomenon called scattering. As the sun approaches the horizon, rays of white sunlight must pass through more air before reaching the eyes of an observer, but colors shorter wavelengths such as blue, green, and violet are scattered out of the beam by molecules in the air. Thus the sky takes on hues of red, yellow, orange, and pink. Step outside this evening to spot the blended pink shades! PMS Color of the Year This year's National Pink Day is made extra-special by the fact that Rose Quarts (a fancy Baby eating jam - smallphrase for "pink") along with Serenity are the Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year! According to their website, Rose Quartz and Serenity symbolize the balance between a warmer, welcoming rose and a cooler tranquil blue and reflecting connection and wellness in addition to a soothing sense of order and peace. Speaking Pink Try out these fun, pink phrases today to add some color to your conversation: In the pink (of condition) – to be in top form, in good health, in good condition, feeling on top of the world After that workout, I feel in the pink of health. In the pink (of something) – very strong and operating well Our dishwasher is in the pink, having never broken down. Tickled pink – extremely pleased I was tickled pink by John’s funny joke. Pinkie finger – the smallest finger on the human hand Pinkie promise to help me with dinner by grabbing my pinkie finger with yours. It’s a Celebration! National Pink Day is a reason for celebration! An easy way to join in the fun is to put together a pink outfit. Or you can join in the festivities with a donation to an organization that uses the color pink, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Eat pink foods, such as strawberry yogurt, pink lemonade grapefruit, or watermelon. While you are at it, enjoy a TruKid Watermelon Scented Bubble Podz bubble bath! Finish off the day with a movie such as Pretty in Pink, The Pink Panther, or Grease (featuring the Pink Ladies), all sure to tickle you and your kids pink!home-watermelon