HOLI : World’s Most Colorful celebration

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HOLI : World’s Most Colorful celebration

What is the Holi Festival in India?

Holi ,The festival of colors . Holi is a Hindu religious festival celebrated throughout India. Holi is a full on celebration of victory of good over bad .

it’s a festival that is not found anywhere else in the world. it is one of those festivals that invokes excitement . It is not just a festival but it is far more than that. It is a beautiful amalgamation of traditions and devotion. It is held each spring. Interestingly, In this day you will come across the cities and towns of India being sprayed with beautiful colours . Holi is being celebrated in india as the initiation of good harvests and spring. This year Holi falls on 21st of March 2019.  It is Celebrated at the month phalguna which is the last full moon of the lunar month. It occurs around the month of March.. In India , after Diwali which is a festival of lights , holi is the second most widely celebrated festival celebrated throughout India.

 

 

 

It is a kind of alarm of the nature or a time of renewal to notify that the change of the season . It is a unique way to say farewell to winters and welcome spring. What a way to celebrate the end of the cold weather and coloring each other at its fullest. It also holds significance with respect to the end of winter season and the onset of summer season.

This festival is a carnival in india , where people are filled with joy, happiness and excitements. festival of colors , symbolises the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and, for many, a day to forgive and make new beginnings. In India, different cities and states have their unique traditions and they have different ways of celebrating ,living and observing this beautiful day. it is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours in india.

 

Mythological References   

It is a long tradition in india with several mythology references. There are many mythological stories responsible for origin of the festival. As per the beliefs, this  festival  is the celebration of the killing the sister of Hrinyakashyapu , Holika . it is also widely celebrated throughout india as the symbol of the the immortal love of Krishna and Radha .

In one tale, there was a demon-king Hiranyakashipu  who did not like his son to worship Lord Vishnu  and in an attempt to punish his son Prahlad for worshipping Lord Vishnu. The demon-king Hiranyakashipu told his sister Holika to hold his son prahlad in a blazing fire.  Holika had a boon that meant she could never be burnt, however she was burnt to death in this act and Prahlad was freed unharmed. Holi is believed by many to commemorate the legend of Holika and the salvation of Prahlad. It is a celebration of protection of Prahlada by Lord Vishnu. Which is a symbol of victory of good over bad and burning of demon Holika .

 

How Holi is celebrated ?

Like all other festivals in india, Holi holds a special charm in the list of Indian festivals. It is definitely a religious fever ,full of  devotion , celebrated by inviting all family and friends and by loud music, traditional dances and of course the forceful scrubbing of bright gulal and abeer (colors) on friends and relatives.

It is a kind of special occasion to enjoy and meet our near and dear ones, special drinks popularly known as ‘thandai’, and eating sweets and other delicacies, dance and party with colours and dring  and a lot more than this. ndian people enjoy Bhang on this day.  Bhang is a kind of paste which is made up of cannabis leaves and mixed into drinks and sweets.

Experience once holi in india , if you  really  want a real feel of this vibrant festival. Holi is a festival one must experience. As with every festival in India, Holi too has its fair choice of edibles and sweet meats and no one can forget the intoxicating bhang that is characteristic to this festival. It is definitely the jovial and dramatic Festival of Colours . Holi is the perfect time to visit and must experience this carnival. The synonym of holi can be ‘Fun’.

 

 

 

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