The seven colour wonder
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “STARCHILD” in the subject line of your e-mail. Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200 dpi.