What Does the Color Purple Stand For?

The color purple has different meanings in countries, cultures and communities around the world. In the U.S. military, the Purple Heart represents bravery and is given to soldiers who are injured in the line of duty.

In countries such as Italy, Thailand and Brazil, purple symbolizes death or mourning. In Christianity, purple is symbolic of royalty and penitence. Purple represents spiritual, physical and mental wellness in China. In pop culture, "Purple Rain" is the title of a song by Prince as well as a movie starring the performer. "The Color Purple" is a novel and a 1985 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.