Navaratri is a major Hindu festival in India. Worshipped with great devotion and fervor, it celebrates the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga during this 9-day festival. Navaratri, this year begins on September 29 and ends on October 7. Many rituals are associated with the festival. But one of the more unique rituals is the tradition of wearing a particular color on each day of the festival. According to mythology, the 9 days of the festival is dedicated to a specific goddess and each goddess is associated with a particular color. If one wears that color on that day, it is supposed to bring good fortune and is considered sacred. In states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, women make it a point to wear the color associated with a particular day of Navaratri. Their clothes and accessories will be in that color. They wear it to work as well as dandiya nights and garba dances. This custom is so widespread in these states that even the local dailies like times of India, DNA, Hindustan Times, Mid-Day and Mumbai Mirror run articles on the 9 colors of Navaratri a few days before the festival begins.
For 2019, the Navaratri colors are:
Day 1 ( September 29) – The color for day 1 is Orange. It connects one to divinity, bestows divine protection and evokes dignity. Durga is worshipped as Shailaputri on the first day and she will be attired in orange.
Day 2 (September 30) – The Goddess is worshipped in the form of Brahmacharini on this day. White is the color for Day 2. The Goddess will be attired in white. White represents prayer, faith, peace and stability. It will bestow the protective influence of the goddess on the devotee.
Day 3 (October 1) – Red is the color for this day. The Goddess is worshipped as Chandraghanta on the third day of Navaratri. Red represents passion, fervor and power. It is also a color dear to the goddess. Offering red roses to the goddess on this day is very auspicious
Day 4 (October 2)– on this day, the color royal blue is favored. It represents powerful energy and peace. The Goddess is revered as Kushmanda on this day.
Day 5 (October 3) – Yellow is the color for this day. It generates a positive attitude and evokes happiness. It bestows optimism and confidence in life. The Goddess, on this day, is worshipped as Skandamata.
Day 6 (October 4) – Green is the color for this day. The Goddess is worshipped as Katyayini on this day. It represents richness, unconditional love and prosperity.
Day 7 (October 5) – Grey is the color for this day. The Goddess is worshipped as Kalaratri. It is associated with dignity and bestows divine protection. It connects you to the divine.
Day 8 (October 6) – Purple is the color for this day. The Goddess is worshipped as Maha Gauri on this day.
Day 9 (October 7) – Peacock green is the color for this day. The Goddess is worshipped as Siddhidatri on the 9th and final day of Navaratri.