The Anarkali dress is one of the traditional outfits for a lady to wear on the auspicious occasion of Aarti. This is the most auspicious occasion in the Hindu calendar, and it is celebrated on the full moon of the month Shuddhum. This festival is celebrated with much pomp and splendor. It is considered as a festival of love and beauty. In order to celebrate this event, various customs, rituals, and ceremonies are followed. Among these, the most popular is the Anarkali dress. It is worn during the whole period of Aarti.
The Anarkali dress is a long sari which is pulled along behind the head with a cord tied around it at the waist. On the upper part of the body, there is a border or trim made up of cotton or silk. All these are embroidered with various symbols and designs. On the feet, there are small slippers, and a thin material is used for the decoration on the front part of the upper part of the dress. On the back of the dress, there are different colors. The red is considered auspicious and the yellow is considered auspicious for a boy and the blue is for a girl.
There are several variants of Anarkali dress. They can be either knee length or with long sleeves. A lot of variety is available in the Anarkali dresses. The latest Anarkali dress includes an intricate zari that has a pattern of blue and red. A new version of this dress is the ‘panchayat samaj’ Anarkali dress which has red and white in it.