One of the most enchanting festivals of Hindus is Holi, also named as the festival of colors. The Holi festival has been originated from India and its subcontinent and is celebrated across the globe with tremendous joy and fun. This year at 2019, the Holi festival will begin with “Holika-Dahan” on the eve of 20 March and keep immersed in the vibrant colors of Joy till eve of 21st March. Especially in India, it is celebrated with no bound of fun and frolic along with the smile and the expression of enthusiasm on each and every face of Indians.
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Reasons and Purpose of Celebrating the Holi
The reasons behind the celebration of this festival are many but the most popular is the story of Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap. It’s the story of the victory of goodness over evil. As per the Hindu Mythology, Hiranyakashyap, the father of Prahlad and the king of a demon, wish to kill his son Prahlad as he was the devotee of Lord Vishnu. Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashyap, was blessed with no harm of fire. Therefore, she took the child Prahlad on her lap and sat down in the fire. But due to the blessings of Lord Vishnu, Bhakt Prahlad got not harm and Holika burnt in the fire. Therefore, “Holika-Dahan” is celebrated every year before the celebration of Holi.
One of the rituals says that Lord Krishna was dull in color and was jealous of Devi Radha due to her fair skin. Therefore, He applied color on Radha’s face. So, the color has also been played on this day while celebrating Holi. As per the rituals, colors are the symbol of joy and happiness and therefore it is played by all to spread love and peace in the globe.
Different Ways of Holi Celebration
The ways to celebrate the festival of Holi are many as you move from North to South Indian states or from East to West. Barsana, the place of Lord Krishna and Devi Radha, is the most prominent place associated with the Holi festival. People from all over the world take interest to play Holi at Barsana every year and blessed with Lord Krishna and Devi Radha.
In Rural India, the Holi is also called the “Basant Utsav” as the month of March is the advancement of Basant Season. The festival of Holi is not merely liked by the children, but also enchants all age groups. Gulal, Abeer, Pichkaries and many vibrant colors can be seen at each and every street of India. People have fun to drench others and even themselves with liquid colors. The most prominent and tasty Indian sweet dish Gujhiya is also served to friends and relatives. All the temples of Radha Krishna, especially in Mathura Vrindavan and Barsana, are highly decorated. People from all over India and abroad visit these places and enjoy the real fun of Holi.
The festival of Holi is not just the festival of playing with colors but also spreads the message of love, peace, and unity among the people. Therefore, enjoy Holi this year with the colors of love and affection and make the moment full with unlimited joy and enthusiasm
Wish you a very Happy Holi!