Holi is a festival of colours, eatables and fun. Holi
festival is normally celebrated for two days. Fire is burnt on the eve of Holi
which signifies the destruction of all evils and bad things. Find about the
significance and celebration of Holi festival in India.
Holi is a colourful and vibrant festival that is celebrated
all over India. A number of mythological stories are associated with this
festival of colours. Holi is celebrated during the month of Phalgun as per the Hindu calendar. The
festival normally falls a day after the Phalgun
Purnima or full moon day. Although
people in almost all parts of India celebrate this festival, the celebrations
vary according to regional influences, rituals and traditions.
One of the most popular legends surrounding this festival is
that Lord Krishna had applied colour on cheeks of Radha during Holi since she
was fairer than him. With this started the tradition of playing with colours on
the occasion of Holi.
Significance of Holi Festival
Have a quick look at the significance of Holi
festival celebration in India.
Mythological Story Behind Holi Festival - The legend
of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap led to the tradition of burning Holika or Holika Dahan on the eve of Holi.
According to the legend there was a powerful king named Hiranyakshyap
who considered himself to be God. Hiranyakshyap wanted everybody to worship
him. However, against his wishes, his own son Prahlad began worshipping Lord
With a view to kill his son, Hiranyakshyap he requested his
sister, Holika to enter a burning fire with Prahlad sitting in her lap. Holika
had a boon to enter fire unscathed. Legend has it that because of his extreme
devotion to Lord Vishnu, Prahlad was saved while Holika paid a price for her
Message Behind Holi Festival Celebration - Celebration of Holi fosters in a message of unity and brotherhood. On this day people visit friends and relatives to wish each other. Irrespective of it being a Hindu festival, Sikhs, Muslim, Christians and Jains join the festivities bringing in almost the whole nation together.
Music and dancing is an integral part of Holi celebrations. The revelry associated with Holi is said to rejuvenate the mind and the body. At the time of burning the â€śHolika Dahanâ€ť people dance around the fire. This is said to kill harmful bacteria present in our body. People also clean their homes and get rid of old clothes by burning it in the Holika Dahan.
Holi Festival Celebrated?
Holi celebrations start on the night of the full moon with
the burning of Holika on the eve of
Holi. Bonfires are lit which symbolises the destruction of Holika. People dance and sing around the fire making it a fun
The following morning people throw colours, coloured water
and â€śGulalâ€ť on each other. Men attempt
to tease women by getting them drenched in coloured water. Children enjoy the
festival by throwing water filled balloons.
Throwing of colours is savoured with delicious Holi
specialties like Gujiya, Puran Poli, Malpuas
and downed with glasses of â€śThandaiâ€ť.
In some parts of India especially Mathura and Barsana, Holi celebrations last
for almost a week. Each and every major temple in these towns celebrates Holi
bash on different days.
Traditionally Holi was meant to celebrate the arrival of spring.
used during this festival denote the various hues of the spring season.
In the good old days people made use of natural colours
extracted from flowers for playing Holi. Today artificial colours containing
harsh and harmful chemicals are used during the festival of colours. A couple
of undesirable practices like consuming â€śBhangâ€ť and â€śAlcoholâ€ť have also become
a part of Holi festivities in many parts of the country. This defeats the
entire spirit of the festival.
Today little attention is paid to ensure that Holi does not
contribute towards environmental degradation. Hence, there is a need for each
and every one of us to take on the responsibility and ensure that Holi is
celebrated in a non hazardous and eco-friendly manner so as to protect the
environment and stay away from practices which do not conform to the spirit of