Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Navratri 2018 - Day1 - Royal Blue

It’s that time of the year again when colors bring a whole new meaning to our mundane lives, they’re associated with good luck and considered sacred during these nine days. Yes, it’s Navratri, one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India with great devotion and passion.
According to mythology, 9 days of Navratri are devoted to different forms of Goddess Durga and is denoted by nine colors.

Where I grew up, people followed the pattern of wearing specific colors during the 9 days of Navratri. I also believed in the idea that if I wore the color associated to the day it will bring good luck. But in the hindsight, I didn’t care if it really brought me luck, I think it was my way of worshiping the goddess and celebrating the festival. It just brought me happiness.

Last year was my first Navratri celebration in Canada and I followed the tradition of wearing the 9 colors of Navratri at work. Checkout the post here.

This year too, I’m going to try and keep the tradition alive but I’m going to do something more. I’m going to add the color dynamic to my food :). I cook at least one of my daily meals at home, I’m going to try to use natural ingredients of the color associated to the day to make at least one meal a day either breakfast, snack or dinner; simple and healthy. I’m going to share the pictures of the food I make and the recipes on the blog every day.

This year Navratri starts on Wednesday, October 10th 2018 and will be celebrated until Thursday, October 18th 2018, so stay tuned…

The nine colors of Navratri 2018 are as follows:
Day 1: Royal Blue
Day 2: Yellow
Day 3: Green
Day 4: Grey
Day 5: Orange
Day 6: White
Day 7: Red
Day 8: Sky Blue
Day 9: Pink

Day 1:
Royal blue is associated with superiority; to me it symbolizes reliability and trustworthiness like any other blue color.Blue colored foods are also very nutritious and loaded with antioxidants which are great for the immunity of our body. Unfortunately, they’re difficult to find in our daily diet and just because of lack of availability of many options around me, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about blue food are blueberries. So, I decided to make a healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie.

With just 4 ingredients this healthy and satisfying drink is quick to make and is loaded with goodness of protein and fiber.
  1. 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  2. 1/4 cup rolled organic oats
  3. 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  4. 1/2 cup almond milk
Just blend everything together in a blender and the drink is ready. The above ingredients are what I used for my drink but you could replace it with different flavors or keep it original. Additional ingredients like frozen/fresh bananas and peanut butter could be added to make it more interesting. I find the above 4 ingredients work well for me so I like to keep it simple.
Main Ingredients:

    
And the drink!


That’s me in a royal blue outfit drinking my power drink ;)

And for the first day enthusiasm, also in a royal blue traditional attire.


Hope you guys, enjoyed reading the post. How are you celebrating Navratri? Let me know in the comments below.

-SOnali 
 Foe So-Saree Canada

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