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In western countries, white is a color of joy. Elsewhere in the world it can mean the opposite: sorrow. For instance, in China, Japan and some African countries white refers to grief and death. In Hinduism and Buddhism white is associated with grief and on some occasions, widowers.

However, in some European countries white used to be a color of grief in ancient times. For instance, after the death of the Roman emperor, people wore white clothes.

Nowadays, white denotes joy, purity and innocence in western countries. White can be found in wedding and baptism dresses, and albs of confirmation classes. Furthermore, angels are often depicted as wearing white clothes.

In western countries, white is associated with peace as well. The white flag has an international meaning, truce, surrender or willingness to negotiate. A person carrying a white flag is not to be fired upon and he is not allowed to open fire either. White ribbons have been used to protest violence against women and in recent times, the war in Iraq.