Friday, October 8, 2010

Nine Days of Navratri

Nine Days of Navratri. 

Nine Days of worshiping the Mother Goddess; a different manifestation every day. Nine days of fasting; nine nights of feasting. Nine nights of frenzied dancing; of offering yourself through dance to the Divine Feminine

Nine Days of celebrating Fertility. Nine days of Worshiping the Divine in pre-pubescent girls, in teenagers in the flush of youth, in mothers young and old.

Nine days of festive wear, even in offices and court-rooms. The Nine colours of Navratri. Nine days of the city awash in different hues of the same colour.

Nine Days of Navratri. A celebration of Womanhood.
drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

I found out about the colours of Navratri only last year. If you would like to play along, the order of colours starting today is green, grey, pink, white, red, blue, yellow, violet, peacock green.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No black?
Guess it's not really a color.
Glad you discovered the Nine Days of Navratri.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Alex - Black is considered inauspicious in Hinduism. So no black for sure :-)

Helen Ginger said...

Nine days of celebrating womanhood. I love that idea.

Thanks for the drabble. It's not only vivid, it's very interesting.

Cruella Collett said...

I love this. I may not be following up on all of them, but green is always good in my book :)

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a lovely festival! I'm especially attracted to all of those wonderful colors. Women come in all colors, so why not this festival??

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

What a wonderful idea for a celebration! Associating it with colors is a great idea, too.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Helen- it is great, isn't it?
And I am not sure if a drabble is the right medium to capture the complexity of the festival, but no amount of words would be enough.

@ Mari- green is always good, isn't it? And you don't have to wear the colour as the main colour- last year, I remember wearing a teeny yellow hair grip on yellow day.

@ Margot- and remember, this is India, so each of those colours would be in a particularly vibrant hue!

Mason Canyon said...

What a great idea. Festive colors definitely go with celebrating Womanhood. Thanks for teaching me something new.

Thoughts in Progress

Jules said...

Oh anything for women. Thanks for sharing this with us and thank you for leaving a wonderful comment :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Laura Eno said...

Wonderful drabble! Hinduism has so many great festivals!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That sounds wonderful!

Aleta said...

How cool! I love it. I'd love to see pictures of all the colors :)

Deb and Barbara said...

Fascinating! I love the sound of this festival (and we're talking festivals today too -- isn't that zeitgeist thing amazing when it happens?!)

LTM said...

Hey! I like that--the colors and the festival. Sounds amazing and beautiful! :o) yay! <3

Ellie said...

Thanks for sharing; I could see it and imagine it to be so beautiful.
The bridge of womanhood and those on the edge of crossing over~

How wonderfully written! xXx

Talli Roland said...

Interesting! I've never heard of this and it's great to learn about a festival of womanhood!

RaShelle said...

Rayna - that was beautiful! I was swept away!!! Didn't even realize it was a drabble - a story. Just wanted to be part of it. =D

Patricia Stoltey said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate! And the photo is perfect.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Sharing this with my FB friends! Which one is Peacock green? That's for me!

Holly Ruggiero said...

That’s pretty cool. My day is almost over here but I was wearing green! I had to look up peacock green. It looks like a teal, bluish green. Does that sound right?

Hart Johnson said...

Oh this sounds WONDERFUL! Every country/faith needs one!

Anonymous said...

I didn’t know about the colours and their order. Thanks for the tip! Now if only my wardrobe had outfits of all the required hues.

Anu said...

very interesting.. I heard about these colours just this year :) for me, it is a time i enjoy visiting people (For a change... cause i am not the least social otherwise) and see all the golus to be seen in the locality!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Mason- the Mother Goddess has many manifestations, each of whom is associated with a particular colour. Those are the colours that are used- they vary every year.

@ Jules- it is great, isn't it?

@ Laura- thank you

@ Diane- too lazy to dress up, but I am planning to colour code my t-shirts

@ Aleta- thank you

@ Barbara- that is a coincidence, isn't it?

@ Leigh- it is. Really really beautiful. Unfortunately, most of the colours are at night, when I can't really wander around with my camera:-(

@ Ellie- yes, that is what I love about this festival- that on different days, different stages of womanhood are celebrated

@ Talli- maybe you have heard about garba? The same one.

@ RaShelle- thank you. I thought it was a little stilted because I wanted 100 words, but if you say it was not obvious, I am happy

@ Patricia- it is a great festival

@ Carolyn- peacock green is actually the bright blue of a peacock- wonder why it is called green (tradition, I am sure). That's next Saturday.

@ Holly- that about describes the colour. And it is fun to wear a colour which you know millions of others are wearing deliberately

@ Hart- why don't you just adopt it? I know, let's start a campaign to adopt it.

@ gargimehra- I found out only last year- it is a Bombay thing. If you don't have clothes, you can always wear a clip, or earrings or something- I cheated on most days, and it is extra fun to be the one who keeps people guessing

@ Anu- I found out last year, and told my mother about it. She's going to colour code her golu sarees this year!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How wonderful! I must learn more about this festival!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Debra - most of it is hidden in commercial mumbo jumbo now, but in its original form, it was about the Female!
One more post up today, hopefully.


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