If you like colour Nepal is the place for you. That is first and foremost reflected in the clothing of the female part of the population. The beautiful colours have everything to do with the fact that 90 percent of the population in Nepal is Hindu. In Hinduism colours play an important role.
In Hinduism colours transcend purely decorative values. Colours reflect light with a specific energy charge. A good colour combination makes cheerful and positive people. Equally a wrong colour combination has a negative, unfavourable influence. Colour combinations and preferences are strictly personal.
In addition, different colours have a significant meaning in rituals and festivities. These are the most important ones:
Red stands for sensuality and purity. In Hinduism red is one of the most used colours at celebrations such as weddings (the bride dresses mainly in red), at the birth of a child, holy days and commemoration days.
Red is also the most common colour for tika’s, the dot or stripe on the forehead during ceremonies and festivities. And a married woman often does a red decoration on her hair parting. They are also offered to the gods during rituals. And in various schools of Hinduism a woman’s body is wrapped in red for cremation, because red is considered the colour of God in female form (the Great Mother).
Saffron (orange) is considered the most sacred colour of Hinduism. It represents fire, wisdom, abstinence and discipline. Many Hindu scholars have intertwined something orange in their clothing. Also, many sadhus (holy men) and hermits wear orange clothing. This colour also symbolises the quest for light or enlightenment. Moreover, it is the colour of happiness; hence warriors where an orange belt or flag around their waist.
Green is considered a colour of celebration. It symbolises life, nature and Mother Earth (Dharti Mata). It also symbolises money and wealth. In most schools of Hinduism green is avoided when there is a death, because it symbolises the opposite.
Yellow is seen as the colour of knowledge and learning. It also symbolises tranquility and peace (shanti), meditation and mental development. It is the colour of spring and intended to activate the mind. The colour of Hindu god Vishnu’s dress is yellow, symbolising that he stands for knowledge and development. That is why the gods Krishna and Ganesh are often depicted in yellow robes as well, since they also stand for these principles according to the scriptures.
White is seen as a combination of 7 different main colours including the above-mentioned ones. Therefore, it is seen as a combination of all the qualities that those colours symbolise Also it represents purity, cleanliness, peace and knowledge. Mata Saraswati (goddess of knowledge) is always depicted in white on a white lotus. In many pictures of gods the colour white is used. Sadhus and hermits often wear a tika of white ash during certain rituals. White is also the colour of mourning and serenity. During cremations hindus wear mostly white.
Blue is seen as the colour of courage, determination, overcoming difficult situations, stability of thinking. Because Hindu gods Ram and Krishna have spent their entire lives protecting mankind and defeating evil, they are almost always depicted in blue.