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Blue Day - 17th February
You may notice that it's Blue Day.
The first Blue Day of the Parallel Movement.
And you (and I) were here for it.
So what's the idea behind blue day?
Every 17th February of the year is an official holiday of the Parallel Movement, 'Blue Day'.
First of all, blue is a great color. It is the color the sea and sky and calm. The parallel movement strives to calm the senses, make living more relaxing and healthy, and blue is a great color to do that.
Second, it is quite deliberate. With a small gesture towards the parallel movement, people can identify and belong. It's pretty easy and non-confrontational to wear something blue, filtering a web image as blue, or talking about blue online. Indeed, most people, unless they are like minded or aware, would have no idea. Those in the know indeed will.
Third, people can share something blue with friends or family, and connect over it. It is hard to have conversation starters. Talking about a blue object or topic may very well lead to interesting alternative and creative thoughts. And all over a simple color that is overlooked.
Fourth, people can start noticing different things in their environment. Just thinking of the color blue, you immediately start noticing all those material things around you. It makes (well me at least) aware of the environment and objects. From blue bottles, to blue packaging, to blue clothes and blue in the environment. Hopefully, it makes us conscious that a parallel life is possible, with the objects surrounding us that we purposely choose.
Firth, blueberries are blue. And they are the fruit of the festival.
Sixth, supporting shops that sell blue products and services. There are lots of arts and crafts shops, as well as a bunch of other independent retailers, that use color really well. There are even shops that just sell blue gifts and things. How fantastic! Hopefully we can support creatives, artisans, and other sellers of wares in future to rally behind Blue day.
Seventh, and finally, those biggest advocates wearing blue, sharing blue gifts, and eating blueberries, are signalling to the mainstream, it's okay and indeed good to be different. Everyone wears their shade of blue differently, and yet it stands to say that we'd like something different.
I hope you have a fantastic Blue Day!
It's a bit of fun and a bit of difference.
And the world needs a bit of color at the moment, let's face it!