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Holi - The Festival of Colours

Updated on March 20, 2016

Holi - The Origin

One of the most vibrant and colorful Indian Festival is Holi – The Festival of Colors.

This festival of Colors is celebrated to honor the victory of good over evil, brought about by burning and destructing Holika (the demoness). This was enabled through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu. People of India say that the name of this festival got its names from Lord Krishna (a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu).

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When is Holi Celebrated?

The festival comes in with great enthusiasm among all age group with lots of fun and frolic. The festival of Holi marks the end of winters and the arrival of the upcoming spring season with the various hues. Holi is celebrated the day after the full moon in the month of March each year.

Where is Holi Celebrated?

It is celebrated in all four corners of the country India but today, we can also see that this festival of colors is celebrated around the globe because the Indians who are residing in other countries celebrate this festival at their home by inviting all their local friends with their family and thus, sharing the happiness and fun with them. The Non-Indians also started celebrating this festival with so much fun proving that ‘the joy of Holi knows no bound’.

Why is Holi celebrated?

As mentioned in the Hindu text ‘the Narada Purana’, the demon King Hiranyakashyap who was Holika’s brother, instructed her to burn his son ‘Prahlad’ because he used to follow Lord Vishnu and didn't worship the king(his father). To obey the instructions Holika sat in the burning fire with Prahlad in her lap, as it was thought that no fire could harm her. However, due to his devotion to Lord Vishnu who protected him, Prahlad survived and Holika was charred to death. Thus, this ritual is symbolic of the victory of good over evil.

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Which Rituals are Performed on Holi?

According to the Hindu’s, ‘Holika Dahan’ is the important ritual of the festival of Holi, celebrated on the eve of Holi, by burning large bonfires known as ‘the Demoness Holika’ to mark the occasion. While burning the bonfire, a special puja is performed while the people walk around the fire three times after which all sing and dance around the fire together. It is also said to purify our inner soul and protect us from the evil.

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How is Holi Celebrated?

The day of Holi, we get to see colors all around us. In the Hindu culture, it’s a tradition that the younger ones of a family touch the feets of the head and all the elder ones, presenting a pinch of ‘gulal’ or ‘abeer’ (colored powder) on their feet. Some of them also apply the ‘tika’ on the forehead with gulal/abeer and takes the blessing of their elders. The head or the elder of the family blesses their sons, daughters and grandchildren with lots of love and wishes.

Also, on this day, many people visit their relatives and friends exchanging greetings and sweets on the occasion. Indians also believe that on this day even the enemies forget their rivalries and exchange greetings with each other and start a new life from there. Everybody is drowned not just in colors of gulal but also in the color of love and mirth.

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Celebrating Holi with fun!

People of all age groups spend the whole day of “Holi” by smearing colored powder on each other's faces while the children enjoy filling the ‘water balloons/pichkaris’ and splashing colored water or throwing water balloons at each other.

Some people also organize parties and dance to the tunes of special Holi songs under water sprinklers. This festival justifies its name as you’re going to end up saturated in water and colors all over your visible skin and clothes. Holi is truly a carefree festival to be enjoyed thoroughly but only if you are ready to get wet and colored, sometimes dirty too. It is very famous phrase among people who play holi : “Bura Na Maano Holi Hai” (Don’t feel bad, it’s Holi after all). Not only the kids but elderly people love playing holi with lots of colors and water.

There’s lot of Sweetness in the Festival Of Colors “Holi”

The festival of colors “Holi” is not just full of colors but also sweetness. The ladies start the preparations of Holi, days and weeks beforehand, making handmade sweets (especially “Gujiyas”) and Namkeen, etc. People even bring a variety of sweets from the market to serve their family members and also to offer the guests who come home on this day of color.

Also, on this day, many people consume famous drinks called ‘Bhang’ and ‘Thandai’. ‘Bhang’ is a drink made by mixing milk with a paste made from cannabis plants. These drinks are traditionally consumed during the celebrations by the young and the old ones, mainly excluding the children. On this day, no one charges the intoxication of the drink ‘Bhang’ as an offense legally or socially, as the norm of the day is, 'Bura Na Mano Holi Hai'. The colorful day of Holi brings lots of sweetness and happiness in everyone’s life.

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