As Navaratri 2018 has arrived, people from across the nation have already started gearing up to celebrate the occasion with grand vigor and tradition.
Navaratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals. This year the festival was schedule according to the lunar calendar on October 10 and will end on coming Friday, 19 October, 2018.
The festival is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Durga and lasts for nine nights and ten days.
It symbolizes the victory of good over the evils that lies within us. From pujas that begin in the morning to traditional dances such as dandiya, garba at night, the festival has it all.
Apart from the rituals of fasting and prayers, there is also a custom of wearing specific colors of attires on the nine days of the festival. As per tradition, the nine nights are dedicated to the nine avatars of Goddess Durga.
Here are nine colors that are assigned for each nine of day:
Day 1 and Day 2 have already gone.
As the devotees worshiped the Brahmacharini avatar of Maa Durga, color royal Blue was chosen to signify calmness, wisdom and strength. On day 2 the bright yellow color was chosen for Chandraghanta puja, which represents happiness and optimism.
Let’s focus on day 3 to day 9.
Day 3: Green. Day 3 is dedicated to the creator of the Universe, Kushmunda. So, green is considered to be the color of new beginning and growth.
Day 4: Grey. A mother is considered to be the ultimate protector of her child. So, on fourth day devotees celebrates the bond between the mother and her child. The fourth day of the festival is dedicated to Skandamata, the mother War-god Skanda. And to represent vulnerability, the chosen color of the day is grey.
Day 5: Orange. On fifth day devotees worship Saraswati and marks the first day of Saraswati puja. To represent knowledge and energy, orange is selected for the day.
Day 6: White. The sixth day of Navaratri dedicated to Goddess Katyani, who is considered as violent avatar of Goddess Durga. White symbolizes the peace and purity and chosen for this day.
Day 7: Red. Devotees will go red on its seventh day in honor of Goddess Kalaratri, as this day they worship the fierce avatar of Goddess Parvati, known as Kalaratri. The color is chosen as it represents fire and energy.
Day 8: Sky Blue. The eighth day of Navaratri is known as Ashtami. Ashtami celebrates wisdom and sincerity that represented by sky blue.
Day 9: Pink. The nine day celebration will come to an end with the color pink. Pink was chosen to celebrate Maha Navami as the color represents hope.