Holi Festival in India


Come spring the whole of the Indian sub-continent is drowned in beautiful colors whether it is color spread by the beautiful flowers blooming in the fields or the enthusiastic festival of rainbow colors' H oli'.

Holi marks the end of the winter season in India. It is celebrated with great zest in the month of 'Phalgun' on full moon day as per the Hindu calendar.

The New Year has arrived with its kitty full of festivals and events. Holi 2017 is here as the first major Hindu festival. This year, the festival falls on Monday, March 13. It is one of the most awaited fetes of India. From children to adults all enjoy this occasion of colors. Holi is the festival of color and inspirations. It talks about the victory of good over evil by the customary event of Holika burning.

The festive spirits are high during the festival of colors. Markets overflow with various hues of 'Gulal' and water color used in the water balloons. Water guns also known as 'Pichkari' , of unique and innovative designs can be found in the market ready to lure the children . Women do early preparations for the Holi by cooking scrumptious gujiya, mathri, paparis, etc. for family and friends.

About Holi:

  • Holi came to be known as ‘festival of colors’. Such an identity was given by Lord Krishna who was the re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

  • As per the mythological tales, Lord Krishna loved to play mischief and drench girls with water and colors.
  • Holi arrives along with the spring season bidding a sweet adios to winter in most parts of India. The festival takes place in the month of March.
  • Holi is observed one day after the full moon. The year 2017 too is ready to welcome this beautiful festival that brings people of all casts and creeds together.
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Holi Attractions:

  • Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country and in other parts of the world where Hindu people reside.
  • The best celebration however, takes place in some places like Delhi, Mathura, Vrindavan and in some parts of Rajasthan.
  • Another major attraction for this year like every year is the famous Jaipur Elephant Festival.
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Holi celebrations

  • Like every other year, Holi too is expected to be a fun filled festive event. Powdered color and water mixed colors are sure to make your festival colorful like ever year.
  • Such celebrations also contain playing mischief with color filled balloons, portable or big sized color machines and other such mediums.
  • Apart from this, people participate in rituals such as demolition of Holika, the demoness and giving powdered color on feet of elders to get their blessings. Savoring the intoxicating mixture called bhang is also a part of the customs followed during the festival.
  • Playing with colors instills the feeling solidarity. It is during this festival when people take time out from their busy life and get together just to have fun.
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Mythology:

Holi is associated with several mythologies from all parts of India. The most widespread legend is of the demon King Hiranyakashyap and his son Prahalad. According to the legend Hiranyakashyap , who considered himself as God, wanted everybody to worship him. However, His own son, much against the king's wishes, worshipped Lord Vishnu. Holika, Hiranyakashyap's sister, was then asked by the demon king to kill prahlad As she had a blessing that she could enter fire unharmed, she plan ned to sit on the pyre with prahlad in her lap and get rid of the boy. When she executed her plan, prahlad came out unscathed from fire and Holika died paying a price for her evil connievance with her brother. Since then on the eve of holi ,people light bonfire and celebrate this festival as a symbol of victory of good over evil.

Another legend associated with Holi is about an ogress, Dhundi, who used to bother kids. She was banished by children on the day of holi , hence, kids play a lot of gags on 'holi'.

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