What colors are popular in India?
Each color symbolizes a force in life, and thus color and life are inseparable. While the most popular colors are the brightest — blue, yellow, red, purple, pink, and green — there are colors that are conspicuously absent, traditionally. These include black and white.
The Tiranga, or national flag of India, features three bars of colors: saffron, white, and green. Colors with special importance include red, which signals sensuality and purity.
- In Indian context, red is also connected to the rising sun. Besides, according to astrology, the planet in charge of marriages, Mars, is red in colour. Therefore, Hindu brides are asked to wear red during the wedding proceedings since it stands for prosperity and fertility.
- Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
- Some of the more benign, modern Holi colors, called gulal in Hindi when made in powder form, are a mixture of more than 95% cornstarch blended with food-, drug-, and cosmetic-grade dyes. These pigments, known as FD&C colors in the U.S., are the same ones that bring a rainbow of colors to candy.
In Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism), the deep saffron color is associated with sacrifice, religious abstinence, quest for light and salvation. Saffron or bhagwa is the most sacred color for the Hindus and is often worn by sanyasis who have left their home in search of the ultimate truth.
- "The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."
- In a pan put one cup of milk, once milk starts getting warm add sugar and saffron strands. Now allow the milk to boil. Put the gas into low flame and allow it to simmer.
- Add white paint. Whether you mixed your purple paint by using red and blue or magenta and cyan, adding white will make it lighter and brighter. Add just a little paint at first, then gradually mix in more to achieve the hue you want. Adding as much white paint as purple will create a pastel color.
The color blue, for instance, is associated with Lord Krishna, perhaps one of the most favored gods in India. And, as is obvious for any agricultural economy, green symbolizes a new beginning, harvest, and happiness. It is also the revered color of Islam, a large religious presence in India.
Color Meaning for Native Americans Green plant life, earth, summer, rain Red wounds, sunset, thunder, blood, earth, war, day White winter, death, snow Yellow sunshine, day, dawn
- Turmeric is used even today for the treatment of inflammatory and digestive disorders. Other colors that tease the skies on Holi include blue, the color of the revered god in Hinduism, Lord Krishna. Green symbolizes new beginnings, harvest, and fertility, and is also the sacred color of the Muslim community in India.
- Skin tones can be classified from very light skin to dark. Very light skin tones will generally have a slightly pinkish undertone; unlike in the case of Asians who mostly have yellow undertones. Here in India, the undertones are mostly olive or gold-yellowish.
Updated: 3rd October 2019