Navratri festival is considered to be an auspicious ceremony that falls in the autumn season of India. The nine-day long celebration worships the different avatars of the Goddess Durga. The devotees will dress-up and decorate themselves in different colors each day. Also, sweets and varieties of food offerings are prepared each day to mark the joyous occasion.
Here are the vibrant colors of Navratri and the sweets/food offerings during these days.
DAY 1 – ORANGE
The festival begins with a bright and vibrant Orange. This color signifies energy and happiness. Hindus worship Goddess Shailputri on this day. Devotees offer pure desi ghee to bless the devotee with a life free of illness.
DAY 2 – WHITE
White is the color for Day 2, which is a symbol of peace and purity. Hindus worship Goddess Brahmacharini on this day. Simple food like fruits is offered to Goddess Brahmacharini.
DAY 3 – RED
People wear red color on the third day of Navratri. It signifies beauty and fearlessness. Hindus worship Goddess Chandraghanta on this day. The ferocious Goddess is pleased by offering milk, sweets, or kheer.
DAY 4 – ROYAL BLUE
The color of the fourth day of Navratri is royal blue. This colour is considered good for health and wealth. Hindus worship Goddess Kushmanda on this day. Worship the Goddess by observing fasts and offering Malpua(Sweet pancakes)
DAY 5 – YELLOW
People wear the color yellow on the fifth day of the festival. The color stands for happiness and brightness. Hindus worship Goddess Skandamata on Day 5. A bhog of bananas is offered to the goddess and it is said to keep the devotees in good health.
DAY 6 – GREEN
This color of the sixth day signifies new beginnings and growth. Hindus worship Goddess Katyayani on Day 6. Devotees offer honey as prasad to Goddess Katyayani.
DAY 7 – GREY
The color of the seventh day is grey, a color that stands for the strength of transforming. Hindus worship Goddess Kalaratri on Day 6 and this day is called the Saptami. Devotees offer jaggery or sweets made with jaggery.
DAY 8 – PURPLE
Called Ashtami, many people perform Kanjaks on this day. The color of the day, purple, signifies the power of intellect and peace. People worship Goddess Mahagauri on this day. Goddess Mahagauri is offered coconut as bhog by devotees.
DAY 9 – PEACOCK GREEN
This day is called Navami and is the last day of the Navratri festival. Rituals are performed on this day and Goddess Siddhidhatri is worshipped. The color peacock green is believed to fulfill the desires of devotees. People observe a fast and offer til or dishes made with sesame seeds as bhog.