Holi is the Indian festival also celebrated and this festival indicates many – spring season arrival, winter season end and mainly people believe the good things over evil on this special day. Lives should meet their neighborhood in terms of celebration by forgetting their broken relationships and also for thanks giving them for their wellbeing. It remains for 2 days and ends on full moon day. Every year Holi day falls on end of the February month or on the middle day of March month according to the Gregorian Calendar. First day of Holi Festival called as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second day of Holi is called by people as Rangwali Holi or Dhuleti or Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.
Highlights of Holi Festival:
Holi is so popular festival and celebrated among people those who follow Hinduism. Celebrations will start on the night before Holi with Holika Bonfire which is for gathering people on one place and starting prayer for destroying inner evil thoughts of everyone. Rangwali Holi will start on next day and on the next day morning will be celebrated and this day, everyone will celebrate the carnival of colors which means people chase and color on others using color powder. Some of them do water fight and carry water guns and water-filled balloons to make the fun-filled carnival held.
Why Holi is so grand?
- It is a belief on holi, people can win their inner bad thoughts and recreate good and fresh thoughts inside and hence it is marked as good over evil
- Holi is celebrated colorfully onset of spring which signifies the fertility and prospers the feel of energy in our new lives
- Holi is the celebration of worship and empathy and so it is the celebrated by Indians magnificently
Facts about Holi:
- Welcomes the spring season
- Festival of colors and signifies love, empathy, care and new beginning of good thoughts
- Holi is for people of all backgrounds thus removes discrimination amongst people
- Holi insists harmony and brotherhood
- Getting blessings from elder people
- Gujia, Malpua and Thandai are special dishes prepared and shared by people to others on Holi day
Official Holiday is given to people and all offices, schools, colleges and shops remain closed on these festival days, so people get time for this celebration. Bright colors of powder are filled in air and even people are masked completely by different and bright colored powder. Children enjoy themselves by special delight and they have more fun by spraying colors on one another and throwing water balloons on each other, even the adult do make or renew love by meeting others in their colony and spray colors by the way, which means exchange of greetings.
Significance of Holi:
From socio-cultural, religious to biological; there are numerous reasons why we should enthusiastically enjoy the festival and revere the reasons for its celebrations. Story of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap is known to all as the religious reason behind celebrating Holi. It aids in bringing the society together and thus, reinforcing the worldly bond of India. In lieu of, Holi is celebrated by non-Hindus as well as everyone like to be a part of such a flamboyant and blissful festival. The smoke originating from the bonfire helps in getting rid from mosquitoes and germs in the air.
Forms of Holi:
In India, every state has something extraordinary and unique about Holi celebrations. From Punjab’s Hola Mohalla, Assam’s Phagwah, UP’s Barsana, Rajasthan’s Rajsi Holi to Madhya Pradesh –Maharashtra’s Rang Panchmi, Mathura-Vrindavan’s Latth Maar Holi, and Kerala’s Manjul Kuli there has been always a unique feature in celebrating Holi.
The modern generation plays DJs, Dhols and has fun in the water and mud to celebrate Holi.
Unlike every other Indian festival, Holi also has a list of special cuisines those are consumed with family and friends. The famous and most loved of all is Gujiyas. Every Indian home is ready to welcome Holi with MaalPua, Bhang ki Puri, Kachori, Gol Gappe, Papdi Chaat, Dahi Bhalla, Chana Masala, Thandai, Malai Kulfi, Apple Kheer and Custurd. These entire items are to be consumed with spoon and fork, so you can eat them while playing colors as well.
So, please don’t restrain from playing colors and have a safe and colorful Holi.