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Navratri Chronicles#4- The nine colours of Navratri in today’s Context

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Navratri is not only a nine day festival of worship, worship and worship. It is also nine days of fun and entertainment. It is also the festival of nine colours. There is a popular custom in many parts of India to wear a specific colour clothes, on each day of the festival to pay homage to the nine avtaars of devi durga.

The nine colours that are associated with Navratri are:
Red
Royal Blue/Navy Blue
Yellow
Green
Peacock Green
Purple
Grey
Orange
White

Though a colour is associated with every avataar but the colours change every navratri depending on the day of Ghatasthapna. And then they follow a specific order. For example in 2016, the first colour is Grey, then Orange and the order continues till Purple.

Navratri is a festival to celebrate the Victory of Goddess Durga over the Demom Mahishasur. It is not just any ordinary festival. It is a festival celebrating a goddess in this patriachal society. So, is it is also a festival celebrating feminism, the power of a woman.

So let us make these nine colours, the representors of women’s issues, progress and life. Let us convey strong messages favouring women this Navratri and in all those to come. Let us remind others of the value of women.

Red– Let us make it the colour supporting the birth of female child. A colour against female feticide.

Royal Blue– Let it denote the education of a girl child. Let blue be the colour supporting and encouraging her education. Let this be the colour of women empowerment.

Yellow– Let yellow be the colour of strength and bravery of women.

Green– Let us portray the fertility of a women with green. She is the one who is endowed with the precious and noble task of bringing a new life in this world and nurturing it.

Peacock Green – Let it denote the caring , kind and forgiving heart of a women.

Purple– Let it denote the anger, rage and pain she feels when she is hurt, disrespected and her dignity is at stake. Let purple be the colour against Rape.

Grey – Let Grey denote the fighter in her who is always fighting to protect and uphold her dignity in this world .

Orange – Let orange be the indication of her dedication to succeed against all odds.

White– Let white be a colour of equality between men and women. Let white be the colour of her freedom and upliftment.

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