Find a Rainbow Day
Find a Rainbow Day is observed next on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 (123 days from today).
April showers is an interesting thing. On April 3rd every year, it is time of Find a Rainbow Day. Rainbows always give us a magical feeling. And who can blame us? Rainbows are beautiful and a bit mysterious.
On this colorful holiday, we can really find time to explore and enjoy one of nature's greatest beauties.
History of Find a Rainbow Day
From the phenomena of reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water, the light spectrum is created and appears in the sky as a multicolored arc, which is called a rainbow. They always appear on the side of the sky directly opposite the sun.
Don't chase rainbows because they don't have to be at a particular distance from where you're looking. They are an optical illusion viewed from a certain angle for a relative light source, meaning that the closer you get, the further away it gets. Even if you see someone who appears to be standing directly below the rainbow, they will see another rainbow in the distance.
In 1979, Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher wrote the iconic song "Rainbow Connection" performed by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) in The Muppet Movie, creating a new favorite among many children and adults. Henson told them that the opening scene should have Kermit sitting alone, playing the banjo and singing. Williams and Ascher wrote the majority of the song fairly quickly, but got stuck at the chorus. While explaining to Kate, then-wife of Williams, over dinner about their predicament, they said they needed a phrase "providing a rainbow connection." However, while explaining it, they realized that "rainbow connection" was the exact phrase they needed. Basically, rainbows aren't just science - they're pretty magical, too. It's the rainbow connection.
Interesting truths About Find a Rainbow Day
We may not be aware of the various rainbows appearing in the sky, including:
- Many rainbows, which appear due to the double reflection of sunlight onto water droplets, thus appear in primary and secondary arcs. Since the minor ray is "upward" to the viewer, the colors show up in contrast to the major. The space between the major and minor signs is called the "Alexander strip"
- Double rainbow, appearing only as two rainbow arcs with the colors in the same order. This happens due to different sizes of water droplets being reflected, refracted and dispersed.
- A full-circle rainbow, which appears to have a circular shape starting from the ground. So when one observes this from the ground. The only upper circle can be seen rather than the full circle. If, say, the observer from the high point building can visualize the other half of the circle.
- Supernumerary rainbows, in which some colors can be seen close to the purple of the rainbow. Such extra fainting bands are called super bands or super rainbows
- Reflective Rainbows and Reflective Rainbows appear when arcs of rainbows appear on the water. Reflective Rainbows appear below the horizon, while Reflective Rainbows appear above the horizon.
- Monochromatic rainbows can be seen when rainbows appear during sunset or sunrise due to shorter wavelengths.
- Higher order rainbows can be formed due to the amount of light reflected into water droplets. High-order rainbows can be produced by laser. Even the 200th rainbow is reported to have been artificially formed with the help of high-bright lights in the lab.
- Moonlight rainbows can also be created and are called Moon Rainbows. They are rare and dimmer than solar rainbows. Despite the spectrum, the human eye cannot perceive color.
Why did Find a Rainbow Day?
Find a Rainbow Day is less well known and is celebrated in early spring. Seeing a colorful rainbow will add more color to our day.
Rainbow is a Phenomenon caused by the reflection, refraction, and dispersion of light in water droplets, which eventually results in a spectrum appearing in the sky.
The rainbow appears directly opposite the sun. Usually the outer and inner parts of the rainbow will be red and purple respectively.
Celebrating Find a Rainbow Day
- Try to find the rainbow
A slightly wet but sunny day is the perfect day to find a rainbow. Try standing with your back to the sun and looking towards the horizon and hopefully you'll see a mighty rainbow!
- Create your own rainbow
Maybe it's too sunny that day and you can't seem to find the rainbow. Don't worry, you can do it yourself! A light mist from a faucet at a certain angle that catches the sun can create its own rainbow. You can also try making tie-dyed shirts or rainbow cupcakes, just to add some color to your day.
- Celebrating the LGBTQ + event
Rainbows are a source of pride and expression for the LGBTQ+ community, and if you can't find a rainbow in nature, celebrate that pride or become your ally.
ObservedFind a Rainbow Day has been observed annually on April 3rd.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024
Thursday, April 3rd, 2025
Friday, April 3rd, 2026