Colours – the moment we think about them, they fire up our imagination with different possibilities. A Painter’s Palette. Vibrancy. Emotions. Feelings. Moods. Luck. Perhaps that’s the reason why children and even adults are often encouraged to express themselves with colours!
Colours also hold immense significance in the Indian culture, religion and festivals. For example, Makar Sakranti brings the joy of flying different colours of kites in the sky. Holi is the festival of colours itself. Similarly, Navratri festival that falls around this time of the year is associated with colours for each of the nine days.
A festival that is dedicated to the nine avatars of Goddess Durga, each of its colours represents her power or Shakti. This year when all festival celebrations are a low-key affair due to the pandemic, you can add a little zing to Navratri by making it a family affair to wear colour co-ordinated affair! What’s more, you can explain the significance of each colour and which avatar of Goddess Durga it represents to your kids. We bet your kids would love this!
So, here are the nine colours of Navratri for 2020 with their significance.
Day 1 (17th October) : Grey
The first day is dedicated to the Shailputri form of Maa Durga. Grey colour represents balance, peace and neutrality.
Day 2 (18th October): Orange
The second day is dedicated to the Brahmacharin form of Maa Durga. Orange colour represents vitality, happiness and creativity.
Day 3 (19th October): White
The third day is dedicated to the Chandraghanta form of Maa Durga. White colour represents peace, purity, new beginnings and simplicity.
Day 4 (20th October): Red
The fourth day is dedicated to the Kushmanda form of Maa Durga. Red colour represents passion, love and adventure.
Day 5 (21st October): Royal Blue
The fifth day is dedicated to the Skanda form of Maa Durga. Royal blue colour represents royalty, intelligence, loyalty and honesty.
Day 6 (22nd October): Yellow
The sixth day is dedicated to the Katyayani form of Maa Durga. Yellow colour represents optimism, concentration, clarity and happiness.
Day 7 (23rd October): Green
The seventh day is dedicated to the Kalaratri form of Maa Durga. Green colour represents nature, beauty, health and luck.
Day 8 (24th October): Peacock Green
The eighth day is dedicated to the Maha Gauri form of Maa Durga. Peacock green represents humility, abundance and fresh beginnings.
Day 9 (25th October) : Purple
The ninth and the last day is dedicated to the Siddhidhatri form of Maa Durga. Purple colour represents energy, dignity and ambition.
Wear these colours and have fun with your family this Navratri!