If you're wondering why our office in Mumbai is decked out with decorations and everyone is wearing the same colour then its because Navratri, the festival of colours and dance is here. The Hindu festival began on Thursday, September 21 and will end on Saturday, September 30.
Navratri (literately nine nights) is a festival dedicated to worship of the Hindu deity Durga, commonly known as Ma Durga (Ma meaning mother in Hindi). During these ten days and nine nights the nine forms of Ma Durga’s Shaktis (powers) are worshipped by performing different rites and wearing significant colours each day.
During the evening people gather at communal organisations to celebrate with dancing. The famous dance form ‘Garba’ is originally a traditional dance performed during this festival by the natives of Gujrat, a state north of our state of Maharashtra.
Clay idols of Ma Durga are installed at homes and pandals (fabricated structures erected for public celebration). The festival ends with immersing the idol in water.
Everyone in the office is wearing the same one colour each day:
Day 1 (Pratipada) 21st September 2017: Colour of the day -Yellow
Day 2 (Dwitiya) 22nd September 2017: Colour of the day- Green
Day 3 (Tritiya) 23rd September 2017: Colour of the day - Grey
Day 4 (Chaturthi) 24th September 2017: Colour of the Day- Orange
Day 5 (Panchami) 25th September 2017: Colour of the day- White
Day 6 (Shashti) 26th September: Colour of the Day-Red
Day 7 (Saptami) 27th September 2017: Colour of the Day-Royal Blue
Day 8 (Ashtami) 28th September 2017: Colour of the Day-Pink
Day 9 (Navami) 29th September 2017: Colour of the Day- Purple