Navratri is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Indians not just in India, but all over the world. Celebrated twice a year – Chaitra Navratri is celebrated during the months of either March or April, while Sharad Navratri is celebrated either on September or October. Navratri literally means the celebration or festival of nine religious nights. The festival is an amalgam of extravagant ethnic fashion, food, family get-togethers, dancing and much more. For all those fashionistas preparing to face Navratri, we’ve compiled a list of dresses you could wear based on the nine colors that signify the importance of each day of this magnificent color-filled festival.
Pratipada, October 2nd, Sunday
Pratipada, the first day of Navratri starts with a holy pooja. People wear Orange hued dresses on this day. An orange chiffon saree adorned with stone, booti and zari work along with foliage patterned thread work makes for the perfect style to kick off your Navratri style spree. The borders of this saree also feature some sophisticated velvet and art-silk work.
Dwitiya, October 3rd, Monday
The second day is known as Dwitiya and is dedicated to prosperity and emancipation. People normally sport white clothes as per religious customs. A white anarkali such as the one below with a splendidly designed, decorative yoke and hemline makes for a spectacular style that keeps the Navratri extravagance going at a steady pace.
Tritiya, October 4th, Tuesday
The third day, known commonly as Tritiya is dedicated to bravery, fortitude and courage. The appropriate color code for this day is red. The pure chiffon, Bandhini saree decked with tikki work all over, along with Bandhini prints on the lower part, as well as a floral border, is a posh third-day style that is sure to fetch you compliments.
Chaturti, October 5th, Wednesday
The fourth night of Navratri sees people dressed in royal blue colored ethnic silhouettes like the brilliant Bhagalpuri silk saree featuring intricate pita work and elegant embroidered foliage motifs and floral patterns, shown below.
Panchami, October 6th, Thursday
Commonly referred to as Panchami, the fifth day sees people dressed in yellow shades. A style like the yellow faux georgette saree shown below, beautified with embroidered patterns along with intricate tikki work running through the borders is guaranteed to put you in the limelight.
Sashti, October 7th, Friday
On the sixth day of Navratri, known as Sashti, tradition and religious customs dictate that people wear dresses in hues of green, such as the resham and floral embroidered chiffon saree with a flamboyant fancy border seen below.
Saptami, October 8th, Saturday
The seventh day, called Saptami meaning black or dark night is when people wear gray clothing. The gray faux georgette kurti with a contrasting lower part and foliage motifs on the shoulder makes for a nonchalant yet elegant seventh-day style.
Ashtami, October 9th, Sunday
The eighth day called Ashtami symbolizes peace, tranquility, serenity and beauty. For an eighth day style that spells utter charisma and traditional magnificence, this purple shaded lehenga choli with decorative, resham embellishments is just the thing you need.
Navami/ Vijayadasami, October 10th, Monday
The final day of Navratri known as Navami or Vijayadasmi calls for peacock green styles. A faux georgette saree with subtle patterning all over along with a cord work enhanced contrasting border patch makes for a complete ethnic style that is fit to finish off the nine festival with absolute ethnic flare.