9 Colours to Wear This Navratri 17

Navratri, nine nights of the Goddess, starts in a couple of days. This is definitely my favourite festival, I’m looking forward to seeing the huge Goddess Durga idols on every street. Different communities celebrate Navratri in different ways. Here in Maharashtra, it’s popular to celebrate Navratri with colours. My mother-in-law and her friends wear a different colour saree every day of Navratri.

The order of these colours changes ever year, and it seems a bit complicated, most people depend on the Marathi newspapers to tell them which colour to wear when. The day Navratri starts depends on the Hindu calendar, and each colour has a specific day of the week (Western calendar). So, the first colour of Navratri depends on what day of the week the festival starts, and the order continues from there.

Well, I think that’s how it works anyway…

Navratri Colours for 2016


Night 1 (Saturday, 1st October 2016)  Grey

Night 2 (Sunday, 2nd October 2016) Orange

Night 3 (Monday, 3rd October 2016) White

Night 4 (Tuesday, 4th October) Red

Night 5 (Wednesday 5th October ) Royal Blue

Night 6 (Thursday 6th October) Yellow

Night 7 (Friday 7th October) Green

Night 8 (Saturday 8th October) Peacock Green (some sources say Pink)

Night 9 (Sunday 9th October) Purple


It may sound superficial to some, more fashion statement than devotion, but there is something special about it. Everyone wearing the same colours for nine days brings a feeling of unity. Having fun, celebrating together, getting involved with their community. Furthermore, when I was studying art, way back when I was seventeen, I remember reading extensively about the alternative therapy, colour therapy. It’s a holistic healing method where different colours are used to promote persons physical, emotional and spiritual well being. It’s quite interesting, the colours may just help rejuvenate your Goddess energy?

Last year, I was pregnant and suffering with morning sickness. Morning sickness? It should be called ‘all day’ sickness. Anyway, I digress…

I was feeling sick, and being sick, so I missed out on a lot of the Navratri celebrations. I did attend a couple of functions. My mother-in-law and I when to her friend’s house and a group of about thirty ladies, wearing green silk sarees (green was the 4th day last year), sang folk songs to the Goddess. It was lovely. We also went to a couple family friends houses to attend their Navratri functions.

This year, I’m going to try to add each of the Navratri colours into my day, every day. I would love to wear nine sarees (I don’t have sarees in all the colours, but my mother-in-law has such a collection!), but with breastfeeding, nappy changing and teething drool, it’s not practical. I’m going to try my best to add each colour into our day, somehow.


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Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.

17 thoughts on “9 Colours to Wear This Navratri

  • Tracy Patil

    Love your post Lauren, I’m learning loads about all the different festivals. Shame I miss out on most of them because I only visit once per year. I am going to ask my sister in law about this and what her plans are. Keep us in the loop Lauren!!

      • friend


        Two humble suggestions. Do visit the bengaii durga pooja celebrations on the last day in the morning, that is the day of Dussuhera. Bengali women apply sindoor to the idol, before it is immersed, and thereafter put sindoor on each other’s cheeks, more like holi with sindoor. Who knows you may be get to play holi with sindoor. Lots of fun

        Second suggestion is to observe the ritual of inviting girls on the eight or ninth day of Navaratras. It is such a fantastic ceremony to respect the goddess in every girl.

        • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

          Hi Friend, we went to a beautiful Durga Puja celebration! We were not able to go on Dussuhera because we were doing the family things, and I wouldn’t want any to get on Rohan (he is still at the stage where he needs to be with me at all times). Hopefully next year 😀

          We celebrated Nav Durga a couple of years ago, I really want to do it again for Navratri in Spring 🙂 (I wrote a post about it, it’s called Eleven Little Goddesses)

          I hope you are well!

  • anenglishwomaninmumbai

    Great! I am definitely going to try this out! I just hope I have all those colors in my wardrobe! (If not I see a good excuse for shopping…..) I really want to invite nine girls round as per the tradition on Maha Navami but not sure where I can find so many as we have not met that many friends yet in our new building. I had best get out and about during the celebrations! This will also be wonderful for Saira as she will get to make some new friends!

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Great excuse for shopping!
      Navdurga is a great idea, especially as a way for Saira to make friends! I hope you can find enough girls!
      I hope you three are well xx 😀

  • Justyna

    Its my first Navratri this yesr and im super exciting about it (also writing about it on the blog). Unfortunately i will be still in Poland, but i really want celebrate it with my Fiance, so i making small tmeple in my house and of course im planning wear colours of Navratri every day. Can’t wait! :)))

  • Sabrina

    I’ve never heard of the tradition of wearing a different color everyday, I’m Gujarati and we don’t have that. I bet it is just lovely to see! And gives everyone a feeling of camaraderie to dress in the same colors for 9 days.

  • honeyleafs

    Hi Lauren, I am a bengali and the Durga puja is indeed a grand affair for us. Though, wearing specific colours on Navaratris does not form a part of our tradition, we never resist ourselves from flaunting both Indian and western dresses. India is such a diverse nation and there is so much to learn from. I am glad that you enjoyed durga puja. If you happen to visit west bengal during pujas, please do share your experience with us. 🙂

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