From the kampung to the city, you’ll soon be seeing people dressed in their most cheerful Raya clothes. Some will come in the latest fashions, others will stick to a more classical or traditional look.
But have you ever wondered if there is an unspoken message being sent through the colours they’re wearing?
Families who come dressed in the same colour could be saying they’re in tune with each other. Others may have chosen a colour that reflects their personality or mood.
Every year, that colour will change, of course, as recorded by the family portraits lining the wall or arranged on the sitting-room cabinet.
And this is what they mean:
Green, Red & Pink
Green, for example, represents Islam and is the colour most associated with Hari Raya. Personality wise, however, green symbolises someone who is nurturing and loves sharing, but hopes for some recognition at the same time.
Green people are good listeners and observers. A combination of the colours yellow and blue, greens are optimistic and perceptive like these colours. Green is also a sign of affluence and abundance.
Red people like to be the centre of attention. Their confidence and liveliness attracts people to them. A little too much red, however, can cause agitation and irritation.
Pink, on the other hand, represents warmth, compassion and hope. It may also symbolise naivety, but combined with a colour like grey, can give off a vibe of sophistication and resilience.
Purple & Blue
Purple symbolises harmony, humility and spirituality. It is normally the colour of daydreamers, the intuitive and creative like musicians, artists and writers.
It denotes nobility, wealth and extravagance. Too much purple can make one moody, though. Balancing it out with magenta – the colour of negotiation – can restore harmony.
Blues are nostalgic, loyal, calm and trustworthy people. Although blue is the world’s most popular colour, a bluey doesn’t like drawing attention to himself. Blues prize quality over quantity, and endeavour to make every pursuit a success.
Black & Silver
Black denotes unfriendliness and intimidation, yet it is also the colour of seduction, sophistication and power.
The colour symbolises mystery and says you’re hiding secrets and vulnerabilities, and don’t want to talk. Too much black, however, can make you gloomy. Lighten things up by combining it with a different colour.
Silver is said to be a soothing colour, able to deflect negative energy. It is the colour of wisdom, prestige, patience, determination and order.
Considered a union of black and white, it is the colour of someone who is fair, just and forward-looking.
Gold & Brown
Gold denotes enlightenment. A gold personality is cheerful, friendly and radiates charisma. While golds tend to be generous, they can also be distrustful of people.
If brown is your colour, you are down-to-earth, sincere, reliable and approachable. You are a homebody and love the simple things in life.
You are a problem-solver and people tend to open up to you easily. Could this mean you are the first to get the latest gossip? If so, we would like to be your friend.
Orange & Yellow
Party people love orange; it is the colour of stimulation. Tangerine lovers thrive on human contact and Hari Raya open houses are perfect for them.
You are good-natured and flamboyant, yet may be unpredictable and indecisive, too. You are a risk-taker and adventure-seeker. People look to you for your pranking expertise.
Yellow people are like spring – always sunny. You are inquisitive and love talking to people. You also love a challenge and knowledge.
Yellow people are practical thinkers, yet uninhibited and fun to be around. You dress to impress and some would say that’s the best part of Hari Raya.