As you may or may not be aware, many houses all across the world have been recently graced with the new addition of a rainbow in their window. But what do the rainbows mean?
Rainbows appear after bad weather, which means that they are seen as symbols of hope that things are going to shift and get better. In many ways, the rainbows in our windows are a reminder of this. On a more simple level, however, the intentions of the rainbows are simply to make people smile. We have all been told that we have to observe strict social distancing policies – which involve staying at least two metres apart from anyone we may meet in the streets. So, what better thing to do than to spend your one form of daily exercise looking out for the bursts of colours adorning the windows of the houses as you pass?
Since the idea originated, many households have seen a variety of rainbows bringing a burst of colour to their windows.
“The rainbows are so uplifting.”
A resident of Catterall, a village where the rainbows seem to be abundant, told me.
“I love to see them when I go out for a walk. Not only do they make me smile but they make me realise that we are all in this together. There’s such a sense of solidarity and unity that they hold.”
Heart-warmed by the way that I have seen my own community coming together, I have made a rainbow to put into the window of my house. Have you be taking part in this amazing project and reminding people that ‘when it rains, we look for rainbows’ too? If so, share your photos with us!
If you want to get involved but you don’t know where to start or you don’t think art is your forte, you can find a template to colour in your own rainbow here: Podio_Preston_Rainbow