Orange is the colourbetween yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light . Human eyes perceive orange when observing light with a dominant wavelength between roughly 585 and 620 nanometres. In painting and traditional colour theory , it is a secondary colour of pigments, created by mixing yellow and red . It is named after the fruit of the same name .
The orange colour of carrots, pumpkins , sweet potatoes , oranges , and many other fruits and vegetables comes from carotenes, a type of photosynthetic pigment. These pigments convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants ' growth. Similarly the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed.
In Europe and America , surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement , the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire , energy , activity, danger, taste and aroma, Protestantism, the autumn and Allhallowtide seasons, as well as having long been the national colour of the Netherlands and the House of Orange. It also serves as the political colour of Christian democracy political ideology and most Christian democratic political parties. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism .