The seven colour won­der

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HAVE you heard of the acro­nym Roy G Biv? It’s an acro­nym to help people re­mem­ber the seven colours of the rain­bow. Do you know the colours of the rain­bow? They are red, or­ange, yel­low, green, blue, indigo and vi­o­let.

An­other way to mem­o­rise the colours is to re­mem­ber the mnemonic – Richard Of York Gave Bat­tle In Vain for red, or­ange, yel­low, green, blue, indigo and vi­o­let. Or how about re­mem­ber­ing an­other mnemonic – Michael Jack­son Ka­cau His Brother In Univer­sity for merah, jingga, kun­ing, hi­jau, biru, indigo and ungu.

A rain­bow is formed when sun­light and rain com­bine in a spe­cific way. The beams of sun­light separate into the col­ors we see in the rain­bow as they en­ter a rain­drop. There are dif­fer­ent myths about rain­bows. It is the “path to the up­per world”, ac­cord­ing to Hawai­ian and Poly­ne­sian leg­end.

Did you know people of the Aus­trian Alps be­lieve that right­eous souls go to heaven via the rain­bow?

A New Zealand myth has it that dead chiefs travel up a rain­bow to the af­ter­life.

Whether you be­lieve the myths or not, chil­dren (and adults) get ex­cited when they see a rain­bow be­cause it is breath­tak­ing and beau­ti­ful.

Re­cently, Starchild asked read­ers to sub­mit let­ters on the topic: Rain­bows.

Let’s hear what they have to say.

Nine-year-old Chang Zhi En loves the colours of the rain­bow. “Rain­bows means hap­pi­ness and hope. The colour­ful curve of the rain­bow bright­ens up the sky after a stormy weather. I like the char­ac­ter Rain­bow Dash of My Lit­tle Pony as she rep­re­sents the true mean­ing of rain­bow, which is all about hope and friend­ship.”

“I love the rain­bow be­cause of its beau­ti­ful colours. Rain­bows oc­cur after the rain and when the sun comes out,” writes Phoebe Toh Sue Yi, seven.

Suk­shana Shar­man, seven, says “My grand­mother taught me how to re­mem­ber the colours of the rain­bow with this name – Roy G Biv. R=red, O=or­ange, Y=yel­low, G=green, B=blue, I=Indigo and V=vi­o­let. My favourite colour is vi­o­let.”

“I like to draw rain­bows be­cause its stripes are beau­ti­ful and colour­ful. The colours of the rain­bow are my favourite. I love to look at them dur­ing rainy and sunny times,” says Ne­hda Narine Paul, nine.

Eight-year-old Nur Alisha writes: “Rain­bow has seven beau­ti­ful colours which are red, or­ange, yel­low, green, blue, indigo and vi­o­let. One day in school, two rain­bows ap­peared in the sky. Ev­ery­one was ex­cited to see it.”

“The rain­bow has seven colours. It usu­ally comes out after the rain. It is be­lieved there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rain­bow,” writes Chua Zi Xin, eight.

“Rain­bow comes out after rain and it is pretty. The happy leprechaun is sit­ting on the pot of gold at the end of the rain­bow,” says Christo­pher Chong.

Fatin Nur Alia Moh Az­za­har, 10, writes: “My fam­ily and I love to look at the rain­bow. It’s beau­ti­ful and calm­ing.”

“Rain­bows ap­pear in seven colours be­cause the wa­ter droplets breaks the white sun­light into seven colours which are red, or­ange, yel­low, green, blue light, indigo and vi­o­let. Rain­bows make me feel happy,” Auni Farahia Azruhadi.

“A rain­bow has seven colours – red, or­ange, green, blue, vi­o­let and pur­ple,” says Nur Qaseh, eight.

“Once I saw two rain­bows ap­pear in the sky. I was very ex­cited,” writes Tay Ru Xin, eight.

“The rain­bow has seven colours. The acro­nym for the colour is Roy G Biv,” says Ang Jia En, 10.

“I en­joy look­ing at rain­bows,” says Natalie Ang, five.

ITEM: Wind chimes are of­ten hung out­side homes or shops for good luck. If you could de­sign a wind chime, what would it look like? Would you want to have one that is made of glass, metal, porce­lain, colour­ful beads, seashells or jin­gling bells? Tell us about your spe­cial wind chime.

All let­ters must in­clude your full name, age (open to chil­dren aged 12 and below), gen­der, e-mail, phone num­ber and ad­dress. Please write your name be­hind the draw­ing and the topic, My Wind Chime, on the en­ve­lope. All let­ters must reach us by July 21. Send your let­ters to:

Starchild, c/o Star2

Star Me­dia Group Bhd

Me­nara Star, 15, Jalan 16/11

46350 Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor

You can also e-mail your con­tri­bu­tions to star2@thes­tar.com.my. Please put “STARCHILD” in the sub­ject line of your e-mail. Scanned draw­ings should be in jpeg for­mat, with a res­o­lu­tion of 200 dpi.

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