Traditional symbolism of different colours

A solo colour may possess totally contrasting interpretation, depending on where in the world we live. For example, white colour is perceived as purity and virtue in western country, where as in many Asian countries it represents funeral. White in India is linked with peace, serenity and purity

As diverted and colourful country as India, which is not only known from its unity in diversity but also the value we commonly hold regarding any practices. As an Indian we treasured every small detail of our regular practices and social norms. It is country which is divided by various provinces, cultures, and languages but united by its festivals. Which is probably celebrated across every States the reason might be originated historically.

Traditional symbolism of colours in our socio-culture context are as follows:

1.Black for Makar Sankranti:

It celebrated all over South Asia with some version. It is known by different names and even celebrated with different costume. This harvest festival is known as festival of kites and people were black. Black which is otherwise regarded as inauspicious by most Hindus is worn on this day to fight back evil according to old folk tale. It is the day when the Sun starts its northern movement thus, this day marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Being the last day of winter, this day turns out to be the coldest day. That is scientific reason people wear black since this colour absorbs heat inside it hence keeps the body warm.

2. Blue on Lord Krishna:

The deity who has the qualities of bravery, courage, determination, the ability to deal with difficult situations, of stable mind and depth of character is represented as blue colour. Lord Rama is and Krishna spent their entire life in the protecting humanity evil and destroying evil; that is why they have blue colour. Some says, Lord Krishna had drunk poisoned milk given by a demon when he was just a little baby and that had caused the bluish tinge in his skin. Commonly portrayed in Janmashtami, cause it’s the day when lord Krishna born.

3. Red:

It indicates s both sensuality and purity. In Hindu religion, red colour is most frequently used for important occasions like marriages, birth of a child, festivals. A red ‘sindoor’ is put on the forehead during ceremonies and important occasions. As it is the sign of marriage, women put red powder on the hair parting. They also wear a red sari during their marriage. Red powder is usually thrown on statues of deities during prayer. It is also the colour of Shakti. A red coloured dress is put on deities who are charitable, brave, protective, and even have the ability to destroy any evil. When she die her
body is wrapped in a red cloth. Popular festival is Teej or chhath women dressed themselves in red coloured apparels, wear glass bangles, heavy ornaments and apply mahndi.

4.Yellow on saraswati puja :

Saraswati puja marks the birthday of Goddess Saraswati who considered as a beautiful woman. dressed in pure white, often seats on a white lotus, which acknowledge light, knowledge and truth. People often worship Goddess Saraswati which considered as auspicious for a child’s education. The yellow colour is associate with the arrival of spring and also associated with the feelings of positivity in life and nature. Thus, people traditionally wear yellow clothes on this day, and decorate their homes with yellow flowers, then offer their prayer to Goddess Saraswati on the day of Basant Panchami.


Green colour represents life and happiness in Maharashtra. Previously, widow does not allow to wear green. It symbolizing peace and happiness, green stabilizes the mind. This colour cool to our eyes and represents nature. Green colour has given special importance because it is also represented as one of the colours of our national flag. In Maharashtra, brides wear green glass bangles. The colour green states creativity, new life and fertility. They wear these sided by with solid gold bangles called patlya and carved kadas called tode. green bangles are symbol of auspiciousness and fertility and hence only married women could wear these.

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