Holi – The Festival of Colours

Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated on March 18 and has a prominent place among traditional Hindu festivities. The joy of having brilliant colours spread throughout the air is indescribable. The two-day celebration is a wonderful way to usher in the new season. Everyone, regardless of age, participates in this event with zeal and intensity. So let us gather our gulal (coloured powder flung at each other as a sign of joy and love) and rejoice in the triumph of good over evil.

HISTORY OF HOLI

The name of this event is derived from a fascinating story about a cruel king and his determined son. It all began in ancient times with the formidable wicked monarch, Hiranyakashipu, who became haughty and desired to be revered by everyone in the realm. His son Prahlad, on the other hand, refused him and continued to worship Lord Vishnu. This sparked an outpouring of fury in the evil king, the repercussions of which Prahlad bore in the form of cruel penalties.

Despite this, Prahlad’s great faith enabled him to endure the abuse, and he continued to praise Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu couldn’t control his rage after witnessing his own failure and requested his sister Holika to sit on a pyre with Prahlad in her lap. Holika was known to be fire resistant, but she didn’t realise it only worked if she entered the fire alone. As a result, Holika was burned alive, and Lord Vishnu saved Prahlad. Holi is a festival commemorating the burning of Holika. Holi is also known as the ‘Victory of Good Over Wicked’ because of the defeat of the evil monarch.

The love narrative of Krishna and Radha is also associated with flinging-coloured powders at each other. Krishna was poisoned as an infant by a demon and became blue. He fell in love with Radha and was afraid she would reject him due to his skin tone. Krishna’s mother advised that he tint Radha’s face in a fun manner. He did so, and Radha fell in love with him as a result.

TIMELINE OF HOLI

300 A.D.: Krishna and Radha
Krishna and Radha develop feelings for one another.

Holi-Birthday Celebration 1485

Holi is now celebrated as Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s birthday.
1985: A Bollywood Film
“Holi” Becomes a Well-Known Film in Bollywood.

Colour Upgrade in 2016

Holi colour powder is made from rice flour, which is biodegradable, compostable, non-toxic, and allergy-free.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Start a fire

Set up a Holika bonfire and assemble people to perform religious ceremonies. The majority of them entail praying to God to destroy evil and begging God for forgiveness.

Colours are being spread

Playing with wet and dry colours will bring out your inner kid. By tossing colours and water balloons at them, you may strengthen your bonds with people and engage in a fun fight with them.

Meals for the holidays

Arrange a feast with various dishes, desserts, drinks, and so on. This festival’s most popular drink is ‘bhang’, which is brewed from cannabis leaves and is widely eaten throughout the event.

5 INTERESTING HOLIDAY FACTS

It promotes togetherness

People of all ages, castes, and colours hurl colours at one other.

Avoiding accountability for pranks

“Bura na mano, Holi hai”! is a famous phrase used during the colour-throwing ritual. It translates as “Do not mind, it’s Holi!”

Skin hydration

People moisturise their skin before Holi in order to easily remove the ‘gulal’ (coloured powder) afterwards.
Colours rained down
Holi was known as ‘Aab-e-Pashi’, which means “colour shower”, during the reign of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan.

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a Spanish event similar to Holi, except that instead of colours, they toss tomatoes.

WHY DO WE ENJOY HOLI

Its ushers in spring

The Holi Festival is held to commemorate the entrance of spring. The festival’s brilliance represents the change from a dry, dreary winter to a bright, lively spring.

It honours love, passion, and unity

People of all castes, races, and ages converge to celebrate the triumph of virtue over evil. Their link with one another strengthens them, resulting in love and oneness.

It contains delectable meals

Holi celebrations involve delectable delicacies to delight your taste buds. Along with the traditional drink ‘bhang’, ‘Gujiya’, a delicate sweet prepared with milk solids, almonds, and a pinch of love (which increases sweetness), is a favourite Holi meal.

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