Colour is part of India’s Language
One of the first things that comes to mind when someone ask me to describe India? I immediately think of something that India imprinted in my mind…. Colour! (and lots of it.) The use of colour in India has served as a marker for social and cultural identity for hundreds of years.
In the Vedic period different colours were associated with different communities in India. Colours was a way to to identify who was from where. Besides his/her community of origin the hues of a garment can also give information of the persons age and marital status. Red is regarded as a very auspicious colour and is associated with the Goddess Lakshmi. Many brides North and South India are draped in a vibrant red on their wedding day.
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Colour is also synonymous with the religions, religious symbols, festivals and celebrations. Saffron yellow or orange is the colour associated with monks and holy men. In colourful Buddhist tapestry and art each colour represents an emotion, feeling or transformation. The Hindu festival Holi is a celebration where rainbows of coloured powder is spread in the streets to celebrate the victory of good over evil and the coming of spring.
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So perhaps it is not necessary in the 21st century for certain colours to be associated with were you come from but that has not changed this nations mind to tone down. The streets come alive with waves of silky colours as the woman in their bright sari’s collect their daily supplies. Temples are beautifully decorated with colored flowers and draped cloth. Tuk Tuk’s, buses and carts are blinged up with splashes of bright colour and everything else that sparkles spreading happiness where ever they go.
The colours of India mesmerizer the rest of the world with it’s beauty. Perhaps more so because of the stories and legend’s that bind its people, its culture and beliefs. This is just one aspect that makes India an incredible country to explore.
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