Holi the festival of color is known for fun and is filled with beautiful colors, joy and celebration. This is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated with full pomp and show. According to Hindu mythology, this festival is celebrated in the month of Phalgun on full moon day. People in India and outside get their mood colored on the onset of spring season before celebrating this festival of colors.
Celebrate this Holi Festival of colors 2019!
There are many reasons for celebrating Holi which are mentioned below:
1) This colorful festival celebrates the eternal love of Radha and Krishna.
2) Holi is also celebrated due to the good harvest and land fertility.
This festival is celebrated with full enthusiasm in Mathura and Vrindavan which comes in the Uttar Pradesh or North India.
The History behind Celebrating Holi
This festival also has a historical significance. There is very popular mythological significance about the king “Hiranyakashyapu” and his son “Prahlad”. Hiranyakashyapu used to hate Lord Vishnu and he also used to threaten people in his kingdom to stop worshipping Vishnu. But the best part was that the king’s own son Prahalad was the devotee of Lord Vishnu.
King warned his son many times not to worship Lord Vishnu but the son denied obeying him. So, the king asked his sister Holika to pulverize his own son Prahlad. Holika had a boon from Lord Brahma to be immune from the fire. So, she blazes fire for killing Prahalad but Lord Vishnu saved his devotee from the fire and at the end, Prahalad was completely saved but Holika was burnt to death. That’s why this festival of Holi is celebrated as the symbol of the victory of good over evil.
Non-cultural reasons for celebrating Holi
Other than the obvious reason which has cultural importance, a lot of non-Hindu people celebrate this vibrant festival as well. Holi makes you reunite with your friends, family, and dear ones and gives you a chance to rejoice the day with your closed ones. This festival brings colors to the life of people and surely gives a break from the monotonous life. It is a very popular saying in India that on this auspicious occasion of Holi “Enemies also become friends”.
When is the Holi celebrated in India?
In the year 2019 Holi festival will start from the evening of 20th March when Holika will be burnt and 21st March is the main day when people will play colors. The date of Holi may vary from year to year as it is celebrated on the full moon day of Phalgun month according to Hindu calendar.
Where apart from India is Holi celebrated?
Although Holi is a festival of Hindu religion it is also popular in many other regions of Asia and even outside Asia. It is celebrated in many other European countries as well as a symbol of love, joy, and peace. People of all religion love to play colors in Holi with their friends and family.
What all things happen in Holi
In the night before the Holi, people gather together for the ritual known as “Holika Dahan” which is the process when Holika is set to fire. As it is said that people participate in this bonfire as a sign of the destruction of internal evil among each individual. The next morning the main festival is started when people start playing colors with water guns, water-filled balloons, color powder, etc. Apart from this, there are groups of people who sing and dance outside their house and neighborhood which shows their excitement.
People also prepare some sweets especially for this occasion such as ‘Gujhiyas’(a very popular sweet dish in India) which they share with each other after playing colors. After the celebration is over, people take a shower, clean themselves and go to each other’s houses to wish them and share sweets and other festive food which are specially prepared for the occasion.
Which Indian regions majorly celebrate Holi?
Although Holi is a very popular festival and is celebrated in almost all over India and people perform a variety of activities around it. But in Mathura and Vrindavan this festival is celebrated with different charm and rituals. They do special Puja and traditional celebrations to worship Lord Krishna. The celebration includes many activities such as “Matki Phod” where a group of boys makes pyramid by balancing each other on the shoulders and on the back of group members and the goal is to break the pot filled with buttermilk which is hanged with the rope in the street. People throw colorful water on the boys to distract them from their goal and make their job harder. This ritual holds a very strong Indian mythological history.
Holi is not only famous among Indians but it is also loved by people outside India. Bhang Lassie is a very common practice during this festival. Always remember to not take frequent baths after playing colors as it can ruin your skin. Handle it gently and enjoy the festival to the fullest but don’t forget to take care of your body, skin, eyes and other people’s comfort as well who surrounds you.