Navratri 2018: Colours and food for all nine days
The festival of Navratri begins tomorrow and all of us are looking forward to celebrate the nine avatars of Goddess Durga. The festivals is celebrated with zeal and excitement in different parts of the country. Interestingly, each day of the festival is devoted to different forms of Goddess Durga and is denoted by nine colours. Devotees of the Goddess often observe fast during these nine days. Special food is also prepared through the nine days, according to the colours to celebrate Navratri. What is Navratri in Gujarat, is Durga Puja in West Bengal. People can witness diverse cultures and traditions in this period. The festival also celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Day 1- 10th October-Pratipada
The first day is dedicated to Shailputri, who is known to be Goddess Parvati, the daughter of mighty Himalaya. There is a lot of food which may be yellow, but sweets beat it all. Prepare some kesar ki kheer or kesar ka halwa to commemorate the day.
Day 2-11th October-Dwitiya
Kacche kele ki barfi- green
The second day is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini, who is Goddess Parvati when she was unmarried. Kacche kele ki barfi is a perfect dish to commemorate this day.
Day 3-12th October-Tritiya
Kuttu ki puri- grey
The third day is dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta. This name was derived when Goddess Parvati started adorning half Chandra (moon) on her forehead after getting married to Lord Shiva. If you’re fasting on this day, prepare some kuttu ki sabji or kuttu ki puri.