What to Wear on The Nine Days of Navratri
The season of dressing up and having fun is just around the corner! Navratri is one of the most prominent and important festivals of Hindus that continues for nine days, and each day is devoted to an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Each of these nine days has a dedicated colour and every colour symbolises something.
This year, Navratri will be celebrated from 15 October to 24 October, and we all are too excited to deck up in our finest outfits, have delicious feasts and spend some quality time with our friends and family. And during the festive season, every one of us craves to wear Indian ethnic outfits such as a saree, salwar suit, Navratri chaniya choli or palazzo suit to celebrate the festivities and joy that these days bring along.
Nine days, nine colours
Let’s check out what are the colours and what they symbolise.
Day 1: Yellow
The day is dedicated to Shailputri, symbolising nature, and yellow is a symbol of joy and happiness.
On the first day of the festival, you can start with a richly hued, yellow Indian Saree. A soft-against-skin this satin saree is a fresh choice for the morning puja rituals.
In the evening, you can dress up in an elegant net floor length Anarkali Suit with zari and resham floral embroidery all over, with sequin detailing. Also if you are participating in dandiya or garba, you can go for a yellow colour traditional Navratri lehenga choli in the evening.
Day 2: Green
Day two of the festival is dedicated to Brahmacharani, the avatar of Durga who travels to the mountains to do penance and seek spiritual knowledge. Hence, the colour green is symbolic of positive energy, growth and nature.
What can be better than a green coloured jacquard silk suit for a fresh start to the day?
Festivals are incomplete without richly adorned, heavy, dressy Lehengas. Our second green pick ticks all the boxes just rightly. The stunning bottle green georgette lehenga features gotta patti work. The look gets completed with a gotta patti embellished blouse and an elegant magenta dupatta.
Day 3: Grey
Devi Chandraghanta is the third incarnation or the avatar of the Goddess whom we worship on the third day. Devi Chandraghanta wears a grey half-moon on her forehead. The grey colour symbolises her mood, which is always ready to fight away the enemies of her followers/devotees.
A blissful puja morning calls for a lightweight, yet gorgeous grey suit that features intricate floral embroidery.
How stunning would a grey net designer Anarkali dress look on the third day of Navratri? Ensure that the outfit you select features beautiful embroidered with sequin, crystal or zardozi work. It can be paired with a matching net dupatta.
Day 4: Orange
On Day 4, Devi Kushmanda is worshipped. The brightness of the goddess lights up the Sun, hence the colour orange symbolises her positive energy and happiness.
Festivities call for bright apparel, and this Orange silk zari weaved Banarasi saree will be a great choice to shine at festive parties.
A lehenga with a straight-cut kurta is a great choice during festivities. Also, a traditional Navratri lehenga in the colour orange will be enough to go well for the day, especially if you are going for the dandiya party.
Day 5: White
Devi Skandamata, the Devi holding a baby in her lap is a symbol of the purity of the mother’s love. Thus, the colour white denotes purity, peace, calm, and prayers.
Nothing can be as elegant as a white designer sequin embellished georgette saree!
The ethnic white printed and embellished lehenga is a great pick for an important festival like this. You can wear it to a garba night!
Day 6: Red
The sixth day is the day to worship Devi Katyayani. Devi Katyayani is thought to have formed out of the rage and anger of the Gods, resulting in being a fierce form of Goddess Durga. Thus, the colour red, which also symbolises vigour and action.
How about starting the festivities of day 6 with a beautiful red silk jacquard straight cut suit with zari embroidery enhancing the look? This will indeed be a great choice.
For the evening, attend the celebrations in this gorgeous red georgette Anarkali suit with zari embroidery.
Day 7: Blue
Kaalratri is the incarnation worshipped on the seventh day and is the destructive form of the Goddess, better known as Kali. Her powerful energy and vibes are symbolised by the colour royal/dark blue.
On this day, drape a vibrant blue saree with Kutchi hand embroidery, along with mirror and zari detailing. To complete the look, team it with a pink embroidered blouse.
A georgette navy blue Sharara will look stunning for the seventh day. This ethnic Sharara Suit features intricate thread, zari and mirror work, and comes with a matching dupatta and sharara pants, is a must-buy this festive season.
Day 8: Pink
Goddess Mahagauri is the eighth incarnation and is known to fulfil all desires. The pink colour symbolises fresh, new thoughts, perspectives and hope.
A pink printed and embellished Navratri lehenga that comes with a printed navy blue cotton dupatta and an embroidered yellow silk blouse for a traditional look. This beautiful ensemble is all you need to dress up for day eight.
The silk patola print Anarkali dress is a fascinating choice to wear on day 8. The awe inspiring Anarkali dress features an all-over patola-inspired print alongside floral gota patti work for a head turning ethnic look.
Day 9: Purple
The last day is that of Devi Siddhidatri. She is the knowledge giver and helps you achieve your aspirations. The colour purple is thus symbolic of power and ambition.
The last day calls for grand dressing up. A zari, stone and mukaish work purple silk Palazzo Suit will be a perfect choice for this day.
A sequin, dori and resham embroidered purple silk lehenga is probably one of the grandest-looking dresses to round up one of the biggest festivals of India. It’s stunning and is a must-have in your festival collection.
Festivities come and go, but what you remember is how you spent those days. Dress in your finest, click pictures, eat lip-smacking food and just enjoy!