It’s All Black

Yesterday, we went to a party and the dress code there was Black.
A friend is buying a new car, and he did an opinion poll on the color and he got 80% votes for the color Black. Incidentally, our car is also Black in color!
Another friends’ wardrobe consists mainly of Black. Yet another Blogger friend recently shared her love for Black Tees.
And I am in sync with Henry Ford too, when I say, “I can have any shape, pattern or design of shoes and handbags, in any color – so long as it’s Black!!” Yeah, all my shoes, sandals, slip-ons, heels, flats, boots…even the sports shoes are Black!

What is this with color Black?? Here’s the A to Z of color Black…

Authority Yeah, Black signifies authority and power and even seriousness.
Beveragescofee The expression “Black tea” is also used to describe a cup of tea without milk similar to  Black Coffee served without milk or cream. Both have health benefits!
Clothing Muslim women wear Black burqas. Lawyers and Judges wear Black robes. Even graduates wear Black robes.  41j M5xHq8L._SL500_
Days
  • Black Monday, when stock market crashed on October 19, 1987.
  • Black Wednesday caused Britain to pull out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.
  • Black Friday is the Friday the 13th, any day when the 13th day of the month is a Friday.
  • Black Friday (shopping), is the day after American Thanksgiving Day
  • Black Friday (partying),is the last Friday before Christmas
Ethnicity The Black race, also called “African American” on the US Census, refers to a “person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
Fashion In fashion, Black is stylish, sexy, elegant and timeless. It makes people appear thinner. Gothic fashion includes Black dyed and crimped hair, Black lips and Black clothes.
Government Agents Men in Black in popular culture and in UFO conspiracy theories, are men dressed in Black suits who claim to be government agents who harass or threaten UFO witnesses to keep them quiet about what they have seen.
Heraldry In English heraldry (the occupation or study concerned with the classification of armorial bearings, the allocation of rights to bear arms, the tracing of genealogies, etc.), Black means darkness, doubt, ignorance, and uncertainty.
Ice Black ice, called “glare ice” or “clear ice”, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a road or sidewalk, used to describe slippery road conditions. Black ice is also used in those geographical areas where it rarely rains.When it does rain, the oils from vehicles that have dripped on roadways float on the thin layer of water resulting in a very slippery condition.
Jews-Hassidic Black is worn by Hassidic Jews. The preference for Black comes from a decree made by community rabbis in the 18th century stipulating that Black outer garments be worn on the Sabbath and Jewish Holy Days out of the home, as opposed to the shiny, colorful kaftans that were worn prior to that time.
Karateblackbelt The Black belt in Karate and other martial arts denotes competence and seniority.
Logoswwf Many company and brand logos are in Black. Sony, Nestle, Calvin Klein, Kellogg’s Motorola, WWF, Adidas, Playboy, Cartoon Network, Mercedes-Benz, Chanel, Mont Blanc, The Beatles, Pepe Jeans…and many more have only one color… that’s Black.
Months
  • The Black September in Jordan, in which thousands of people were killed.
  • Black July killing of the Tamil population by the Sinhalese government in Sri Lanka.
Negative Aspects Black has negative aspects like the Black sheep of the family or Blackmail. Some are Black hearted ie evil and you Black list some things/people.
Occult The Black Sun is an occult symbol used by those who believe in Nazi mysticism. Black magic is a destructive or evil form of magic, often connected with death. A polished Black mirror is used for scrying, and is thought to help see into the paranormal world without interference or distraction.
Prosperity In the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania, the color Black is associated with rain clouds, a symbol of life and prosperity.
Quote “Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff.” – Stephen Wright
Ribbons222px-Black_Ribbon.svg The Black ribbon is worn or displayed as a political statement. It is used in a variety of manners:

  • After the 7 July 2005 London bombings, Google displayed a Black ribbon as a mark of respect and sympathy. Google also displayed a Black ribbon on their website to support the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in September 2005.
  • In UK, after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997
  • During the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week the Black ribbon was worn worldwide to show support and promote awareness of the Palestinian struggle.
Submission Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing Black implies submission to men. Is the same applicable to men too!!?? I wonder!
Tuxedos Black tuxedos are worn at formal occasions known as Black tie functions.black-tie
Unhappiness Black symbolizes sadness and unhappiness too.
Villains Villains, such as Dracula and Witches often wear black.
Wildlife Suppression “The Black” is a wildfire suppression term referring to a burned area on a wildfire capable of acting as a safety zone.
Xpertise/Xperience In Japanese culture, Black is a symbol of nobility, age, and experience.
Yearn & Mourn Widows in many cultures wear Black.
Zzzzz…. Black- The color of night…the time to rest and sleep.
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19 thoughts on “It’s All Black

  1. a well researched, well presented and amazing post..loved it..I didn’t know so many things re..you rock Shilpa..thank you for sharing..

    I didn’t know so many meanings of black friday; and so many other details..:))

  2. Loved this post. It is so informative and well researched. I too love the color black though in many Indian communities, it is consider a bad sign or omen for women to wear the color. Like you, I think its a classic color.

  3. Nice post! Though Black is such a popular color here in US that I have started avoiding anything black. Every other person will wear it. If you want to stand out, wear anything but black!

    I actually miss India where we find almost all the colors walking in the street at anytime, unlike here where majority will be wearing black. 🙁

  4. So much about black! let me add few other things too…

    1.Black Swastik – Hitler’s infamous sign

    2. Black hat – A slang for unethical computer hacker/methodology

    3. Black music – refers the music genre of African-american

    4.Black pepper – Do we need explantion? Rush to kitchen!

    5.Black Gold – refers to Petroloeum product..

    Hmmm thats all i could think of now ..

    Ya and ofcourse am a black diamond 😛

  5. True Shilpa-ish post… FV ke baad Black … nice one … BTW no mention of the movie “Black” or serial “Black” and no one in India wants to marry a “Black” girl 😀

  6. That was a lot of interesting information 🙂 My favorite book, as a child was ‘Black Beauty’ 🙂

    I prefer grey or orange T shirts to black or white, but I guess black is seen as a safe choice for clothes, bags and shoes 🙂

  7. Wow….its a feast and jumbo pack….
    loved every category….
    read it thrice….
    I jus love BLACK…
    Interesting compilation….
    impressive information….
    You rock in this post…..
    Thanks a ton for sharing the details….
    Most of all, i love
    Black beauty, black eyes, black hair, black bindi(yea, i met a gal with all these features)

    …..of course, black ink too

  8. I too love black, black this and black that, I think black is the only color that can make a person look full and perfect. It’s after a long time I’m reading an A-Z post from you, it’s awesome as usual!

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