नवरात्रि विशेष, Navratri Colours 2013
The festival of Navratri has an interesting ritual for the women who wear nine different colours during the nine days of the Navratras festival. The nine colours of Navratri for 2013 goes like this:
- Grey for Pratipada (October 5, Saturday)
- Orange for Dwitiya (October 6, Sunday)
- White for Tritiya (October 7, Monday)
- Red for Chaturthi (October 8, Tuesday)
- Blue for Panchami (October 9, Wednesday)
- Yellow for Shasthi (October 10, Thursday)
- Green for Saptami (October 11, Friday)
- Peacock Green for Ashtami (October 12, Saturday)
- Purple for Navami & Dashami (October 13, Sunday) [Navami & Dashami falls on the same day]
So don’t miss out on the excitement of the dress codes according the conventional Navratri colours 2013. These nine vibrant Navratri 2013 colors hold special significance and are even published in the local/regional newspapers to get the crowd dress in sync.
During the nine days of Navratras celebrations, the Hindu devotees observe fast and offer their puja to the deity of Duga Maa. Navratri fasting starts from the new moon day of the Ashvin month of the Hindu calendar and ends on the tenth day of Dusshera or Vijaya Dashami that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Navratri vrat is a very special vrat where devotees take water only after they offer their ritualistic puja to Goddess Durga. Mostly they take milk products and fresh fruits. There are also special recipes for dishes prepared for the people to take during their Navratre vrat. People also spend time listening to and reciting Navratri Katha during their puja that forms an important part of the rituals.
Navratri in Gujarat and Garba
In Gujarat, the ancient and colourful festival of Navratri is a highly hyped affair where the entire state rises to an elaborate participation. Celebrations continue in an elevated level with dancing to the tune of garba and fast beat numbers of popular songs. Ladies adorn themselves in special and expensive clothes and order beautiful dresses comprising heavily embroidered ghagra choli for their appearance in rasa and garba dances. You can prepare yourself for the party by downloading and practicing with rhythmic mp3 Navratri songs of Goddess Durga. The dandia or the stick dance as it is called is a very popular dance form that centres around the festival of Navratras where the dancers form a circle and dance and as the rhythm or the beat gets faster and faster the dancers increase their pace to a crescendo and dance with complete abandon.
Garba is a popular dance form and is very popular during Navratras celebrations. People of all ages, gender and communities join in the special merriment coming out of the Garba during Navratri. Special dresses to be worn during the momentous occasion such as chaniya cholis or Navratri cholis are bought and ordered. These expensive, colourful and elegant dresses are a necessity during Dandiya Raas in Navratri. Exquisite Navratri cholis can be bought online and ordered and payment made from the comfort of your house wherever you are residing. They can also be stitched as per measurements and you can a get you coveted festive glamorous look for your special Navratri garba appearance.
These nine days of Navratri celebrations are spent in grandeur. People dressed in their very best with colourful expensive clothes and decked with loads of jewellery offer their prayers to Goddess Durga or Shakti and ask for strength and blessings. They also prepare a huge variety of dishes and make elaborate preparations for gala night parties. People gather in community halls and other chosen venues to dance to the tune of garba songs and enjoy good music and food. These are the occasions where everyone gets to meet their long-time friends, family members and relatives. The whole of North India gets charged up with the festive mood hanging heavy in the air.