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ਰੰਗ: Colors[edit]

ਤਿਰੰਗਾ - the Tricolor: National Flag of India

A flag is called ਝੰਡਾ in Punjabi. The picture to the right is the National Flag of India called ਤਿਰੰਗਾ - the Tricolor. The three stripts have the following colors

  1. ਕੇਸਰੀ = safron (Top strip)
  2. ਚਿੱਟਾ = white also called ਸਫੈਦ (Middle strip)
  3. ਹਰਾ = green (Lower strip)

The ਕੇਸਰੀ color represents bravery, the ਚਿੱਟਾ (white) color peace and ਹਰਾ (green) color symolizes progress. In the middle of the flag is Ashok Chakra in ਨੀਲਾ (blue) color having twenty four spokes portraying the prevalence of righteousness all 24 hours of the day.

The following are some more colors in Punjabi

  1. ਲਾਲ = red
  2. ਭੂਰਾ = brown
  3. ਉਨਾਬੀ = maroon
  4. ਸੂਹਾ = bright shining red
  5. ਪੀਲਾ = yellow
  6. ਨਾਰੰਗੀ = orange
  7. ਸੁਨਹਿਰਾ = golden
  8. ਗੁਲਾਬੀ = pink
  9. ਕਾਲਾ = black
  10. ਜਾਮਨੀ= purple

ਲਾਲ color is associated with danger while ਸੂਹਾ color is generally associated with bridal wear. Many young Sikhs prefer ਨਾਭੀ color turbans(sikh head-wear).

Excercises[edit]

1. Write the Punjabi names of the colors found in the Tricolor.

Solutions
  1. Safron: ਕੇਸਰੀ
  2. White: ਚਿੱਟਾ
  3. Green: ਹਰਾ
  4. Blue: ਨੀਲਾ (Ashoka Chakra's color)

2. What are the following colors called in Punjabi

  1. Pink
  2. Purple
  3. Golden
  4. Red
Solutions
  1. Pink: ਗੁਲਾਬੀ
  2. Purple: ਜਾਮੁਨੀ
  3. Golden: ਸੁਨਿਹਰਾ
  4. Red: ਲਾਲ