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A red door means "welcome". However, now that I'm getting into a bit of staging, I've learned that there are many meanings to a red front door:

In Feng Shui, a red door symbolizes the mouth of the home. By painting our door red (or any bright colour that stands out) chi (positive energy) is drawn to the house. It is the entry point in which abundance and opportunities find us.

The Chinese consider red to be the lucky or sacred colour. Many doors are painted with a fresh coat of red just before Chinese New Year to invite good luck and happiness. In Ireland, a red door is supposed to ward off ghosts and evil spirits.

In Catholicism, a red door represents that the blood of Christ has been smeared on it and that the area beyond the door is holy and sacred.

Also, according to the Old Testament, the Jewish slaves in Egypt smeared their doors with lambs blood as a sign that the required sacrifice had already been made, and those homes would be passed over by the Angel of Vengence.

Supposedly red doors were used as part of the Underground Railroad, and homes with red doors were "safe houses".

Albert Einstein painted his door red because he couldn't recognize his house without it.

And for homeowners, a red door announces that the house is paid for, free and clear.

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Red means similar but slightly differing things in different cultures. In magical folklore and western culture, red is the color of passion, lust and deep love - intensity. In China, it's a color of prosperity, happiness and good fortune. In India, it is a bridal color, and one of celebration.

In many European traditions, the front door to a home was painted red to ward off ghosts and evil spirits ~ an old Pagan bit of superstition. As most of the early American homes with red doors echoed Germanic or British traditional styles, it's logical to assume that this is the meaning that was intended.

The Christians later adopted this Pagan tradition as they have so many others, changing the meaning to suit - in this case, claiming that a home or a church with a red door was representative of the blood of Christ, therefore protecting those who dwell within.

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It is a pretty style that many like.

Just like others may like red barns.

If you go back to the 1800s and the old west; if a woman had a red dress on; this meant she was disobeying The Bible.

Red is also the color of the blood God gave us.

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