Weekday Colors According to Hindu Traditions
Here are the weekday colors based on Hindu traditions:
Hindus believe that wearing red on Sunday is auspicious and brings good things to them. People also offer red flowers to Surya or the sun god. Many people in India fast on this day by having a meal before sunset.
According to Hinduism, the color associated with Monday is yellow, although people fasting also wear white on this day. Lord Shiva is the deity associated with this day of the week, so people often offer white flowers to this deity on Mondays. Monday is also associated with the moon and associated colors are silver, light gray or blue.
Pink is the color associated with Tuesday. In Hindu culture, this day is associated with the Monkey God or Lord Hanuman, and people who fast and pray to this Lord can also wear red on this day of the week. This day is also associated with Mars – the angry planet – which is believed to calm anger by wearing pink.
Green is the color of the day for Wednesday. Wednesday is associated with Lord Vitthal as well as Budha (not Buddha), which is the deity linked with Mercury. Both Budha and Vitthal like green; so what’s better than this color?
People usually wear orange or yellow on this day. As per Hindu culture, this day is the day of Lord Vishnu who is known to wear these colors. Orange is associated with Jupiter.
Fridays color is blue (sea green or aquamarine are also acceptable). This day is associated with Venus and also with Goddess Shakti who prefers white. So Hindus wear either color on these days.
Saturday is the color of royalty which is purple, though you can also wear black, indigo, mauve or dark grey, all of which are associated with wrath of Shani (Saturn). People in Indian villages also visit Shani shrines and make offerings of black oil, black sesame seeds and donate black clothes.
Weekday Colors: Astrology Explained
Indian astrologers believe that the clues to the colors of the week come from the Sanskrit names of the planets and corresponding deities associated with them.
Sun – Sunday
Sunday is Ravivar, Ravi being the Sun God or Surya. Hindus believe that this God presides over Sunday.
Moon – Monday
Likewise, Chandra or Soma is associated with Somvar or Monday and is the Sanskrit name of the Moon God.
Mars – Tuesday
Mangala is the Sanskrit name for planet Mars which influences Tuesday or Mangalvar.
Mercury – Wednesday
Budha (not to be confused with Buddha) is the God associated with Wednesday and also the Sanskrit name for Mercury.
Jupiter – Thursday
Brihsapati is the regent of Jupiter and associated with Thursday or Guruvar.
Venus – Friday
Friday is linked with Shukra or Venus.
Saturn – Saturday
Shani represents Shanivar or Saturday and is the son of Surya embodied in Saturn.
Meanings of Colors of the Week as per Thai Traditions for the Army
Both Thai and Indian cultures recommend choosing colors of the clothing based on these associations.
In the past, Thai astrologers recommended the colors of the week to soldiers going to war based on the luck associated with those colors:
- Sunday – Red
- Monday – Yellow
- Tuesday – Purple
- Wednesday – Yellow, red or multi colored
- Thursday – Yellow-green
- Friday – Bluish gray
- Saturday – Black
The above color tradition remained in force for several centuries.
Many Asian cultures believe that by wearing specific colors associated with the days of the week, one can avoid bad luck and troubles and bring prosperity and wealth into their lives.