• Sonali Awasthii

Letting Go the Color Stereotypes

Disclaimer: I don’t intend to hurt the sentiments of any religion, group, community or individual. This blog-post is only for the purpose of sharing my views and interacting with my followers.

Our Indian culture is undoubtedly vivacious, diverse and one of its kind. There are peck of festivals and distinct types of dance, languages, architecture, music and food that are enjoyed both by natives and tourists, alike. However, most of the unrealistic beliefs and rituals also exist in our society that no longer coincide with the modern and liberate thinking of the new generation. And these customs and so-called legacies are still surviving because of our inability to question their existence. We humans have the power to voice our opinions and transform the world with our great mental faculties, yet we don’t endeavor to cut loose from the established superstitions that take away our rights and freedom.

The false notions we’ve been following for more than thousand years are associated with the choice of clothing as well. I’ve seen people being apprehensive and irrational about petty things like the color of a garment. White is the color of death in Hindus (or more specifically of widows wearing white saree) and that same color is worn by a Christian bride on her special day. Well, is there any explanation for this biasness of a color being ominous for one religion while fortunate for another?

White is Perfect for All Occasions!

White is the color of life, purity and peace. Nevertheless, you’ll see majority of people avoiding it in a wedding or any other auspicious event and this superstition is a part of only the Indian traditions, especially of the Hindu society. I belong to a Brahmin family and I’m not at all against Hinduism as a religion. I do cherish the daily morning aarti, pay visits to the temples and bear full faith in my religion. But I do accept that I hail from a community with a bunch of myths and unnecessary restrictions that seriously need to be re-considered.

Combating the absurd color stereotypes, I decided to buy a white lehenga and wear it in a family function. Predictably, I was the only one in this color out there and had to put up with weird looks and dim-witted questions from others about my dress. Nonetheless, I knew that being unbothered by these things is a wise decision.

It’s important for people to understand that we must not link colors to fortune or misfortune. It’s up to us how we perceive of colors and associate them with our environment.

Don’t Regret it!

You can go for any color you want in any occasion and you don’t need to feel guilty about it. All colors are creations of God, each with its own beauty and significance. We are so obsessed with traditional beliefs that we dread trivial things. These fears are nothing but curtains on our eyes that blind us to the reality. We just need to pull off these curtains and shun the notions stopping us from evolving and accepting what’s right. Our circumstances are a reflection of our thoughts and have nothing do with our identification with the colors.

Though it’s not easy to alter the beliefs we’ve been brought up with yet when we do so, life feels amazing. We come up with a completely new way of connecting with the world without giving up on our innocent desires and rational choices.

Do you have a story about your breaking free from any orthodoxy? I would love to hear it in the comment section.

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