Many cultures believe that there are colors associated with each day of the week. For example, in Thailand, the Queen actually used to wear colored dresses conforming to the color of the day. Likewise, other Asian cultures such as those in India and Cambodia also followed Astrological beliefs alongside Buddhism and Hinduism. In India, astrologers as well as Ayurvedic (the ancient medicine system) practitioners associate a color with each day. All these cultures believe that each day of the week is associated either with a planet or with a deity. So it makes sense to attach a day with a color.
Colors of the week as per Hindu traditions
Here are colors of the week according to Hindu traditions.
- Sunday– Hindus believe it is auspicious to wear Red on Sunday. People also offer red flowers to Surya or the Sun God. Many keep a fast on this day eating just one meal, before sunset.
- Monday– As per Hinduism, Monday’s color is Yellow, though people who fast 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 God. Monday is also associated with the Moon and colors linked to it are silver, light gray or blue.
- Tuesday– Pink is the color linked 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. The day is also linked with Mars-the angry planet-which can be appeased by wearing Pink.
- Wednesday– 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 Jupiter. Both Budha and Vitthal like Green.
- Thursday– People wear Orange or Yellow on this day. As per Hindu culture, this day is the day of Lord Vishnu who is known to wear Yellow.
- Friday– Friday color is Blue (Sea green or aquamarine are also acceptable). The day is also associated with Goddess Shakti who prefers White. So Hindus wear either color on these days.
- Saturday-Wear the color of the royalty-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.
Color of the day- 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.
Sunday is Ravivar– Ravi being the Sun God or Surya. Hindus believe that this God presides over Sunday. Likewise, Chandra or Soma is associated with Somvar or Monday and is the Sanskrit name of the Moon God. Mangala is the Sanskrit name for planet Mars which influences Tuesday or Mangalvar. Budha (not to be confused with Buddha) is the God associated with Wednesday and also the Sanskrit name for Mercury. Brihsapati is the regent of Jupiter and associated with Thursday or Guruvar. Friday is linked with Shukra or Venus. Shani represents Shanivar or Saturday and is the son of Surya embodied in Saturn. Both Thai and Indian cultures recommend choosing colors of the clothing based on these associations.
Meanings of colors of the week as per Thai traditions for the army
In the past, Thai astrologers recommended the colors of the week to soldiers going to wars based on the luck associated with those colors:
- Sunday-Red-is auspicious and lucky
- Monday-Yellow for long life
- Tuesday-Purple is lucky for Tuesday
- Wednesday-Yellow Red or multi colored
- Friday-Bluish gray
- Saturday-Black is terrifying to the enemy
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.