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National Find a Rainbow Day

Updated on April 1, 2010
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

April 3rd

What a wonderful day to celebrate! Rainbows are a gift from nature that enthralls all ages and all nationalities. We star at the wonder of the almost magical colors that rise up from the ground and arch throughout the sky. No wonder we are fascinated with them and chase rainbows. Join me in celebrating National Find a Rainbow Day!

The Legendary Rainbow

The rainbow is one of those natural wonders that has touched the hearts of the world.  It gives beauty, hope, and sometimes fear through those that fear it.  Legends surrounding the colorful image span the entire globe.

The Irish legend is one of the most famous.  Probably because to the listener there is the chance of finding that elusive pot of gold.  According to the story, there is a pot of gold hidden at the end of the rain bow that is guarded by a leprechaun.  Everyone searching for the end of the rainbow, but usually finds that the little creatures have already spirited it away.

To many of the Native American tribes and other cultures, the rainbow was a bridge that linked the earth to the heavens.  To many it was the path souls traveled.  It was a communication from the gods.

Some cultures from Eastern Europe viewed a rainbow as death or a sign of trouble.  Others believed that when a span of several decades went by with no rainbows the end of the world would be upon us all.

Many of these legends might come from the Hebrew and Christian Bible in which a rainbow was given as a sign after the flood that God would not destroy the entire earth with a flood again.  It was a sign of hope and a promise.  To many cultures it still holds the same feeling.

So What is a Rainbow?

A rainbow appears in the sky almost by magic. But in reality it is a dance between sunlight and water. The rain falls from the sky and if you are lucky to see it on a sunny day with the sun behind you the chance of seeing a rainbow is huge. The sunlight passes through the raindrops which act as a prism and separates the colors that make up light. The result is the beautiful and colorful arch.

The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Or so we thought. In reality a rainbow is made up of all colors that the naked eye can't see. The magic of the rainbow is stronger than we think.

The next time you see a rainbow take the time to enjoy its beauty as the sun and moisture in the air meet to give us this wonderful array of beauty.

Come Let's Celebrate!

April 3rd is a great day to celebrate National Find a Rainbow day.  As Spring arrives and brings those showers you just might see a beautiful rainbow.  But if not there are so many other ways to celebrate this colorful holiday.

Create your own rainbow - You can spray water in the air, turn on the sprinkler, or make a totally fake one with manmade tools such as Uncle Milton's Rainbow in My Room.

Read a story with your child - Pick a story or even some of the legends surrounding rainbows and have some fun with your child reading.  This could be great quality time together.

Wear a Rainbow - Find a pair of earrings, a necklace, or even a bracelet that is full of rainbow colors.  Wear the colors of the rainbow from head to toe and bring an little sunshine into everyone's life.

Colorful Crafts - Make a rainbow with craft pieces.  This is great to do with children.  Shoot, even adults will have fun with this.  Hang them from the ceiling, in the windows, in the car.  Be a kid again and have some fun.

Send a Rainbow - Why don't you send a friend a little cheer and help them find a rainbow.  Send a card decorated with rainbows.  How about a bouquet of flowers that represent each color of the rainbow?  Share the love.


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