Holi is the great Indian festival which is celebrated across the country in the month of March. The festival is known as the festival of colors and is celebrated for 2 consecutive days named as Holika Dehen and Dulhendi in India. On the first day, Holi is burnt which signifies the victory of good over evil. On the second day, people are involved in playing with colors, water and balloons. During this time the whole of India is drenched in the mesmeric charms of spring. There is a feel of the oncoming delights of the spring in every region of India. An over brimming joy of togetherness and a splash of happiness is felt everywhere. Much joy is brought in the lives of people during Holi. It is the festival to mend the broken relationships and enjoy the festival with fellow humans in a mirthful way.
Holi Date –
Holi is celebrated as per the Hindu Calendar so the dates are not usually fixed. Holi comes in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of Purnima( full moon) on which Holika Dehen takes place. This year Holi will be celebrated on March 20 and 21.
Legends behind Holi
The festival of Holi holds a great significance throughout India because of its association with several legends. The most famous legends surrounding the festival of Holi are –
The Krishna Legend
As per the legends, the festival of Holi came into existence because of the Hindu deity Krishna. It is said Lord Krishna had a dark skin when he was a baby. In his youth, he fell for a girl named Radha who was a fair skinned girl. He was always scared of the fact that he is a dark skinned guy and Radha would reject him. One day he finally proposed Radha and asked her to him with whatever she wants. Radha and Krishna applied several on each other. Their friends too joined them in the process. It is in this way that the festival of Holi came into existence. In Braj region, where Lord Krishna grew, Holi is celebrated with great pomp and fervour.
The Shiva Legend
The significance of Holi is also linked to Lord Shiva. As per common beliefs, once Lord Shiva was in deep meditation. Parvati, the wife of Shiva wanted to bring him back to the real world. She with the help of , the god of love tried to hinder the meditation of Shiva. This deed upset the Lord and after being enraged, he burned with the power of his third eye. Later, when Shiva understood the reason behind this act of Kama, he forgave him and brought him back to life. This compassion of Shiva and the return of Kama was celebrated by the people. Since then the festival of Holi came into existence.
The Vishnu Legend
The most prevalent legend behind Holi is related to Lord Vishnu and his follower Prahlada. As per the legend mentioned in Chapter 7 of Purana, there was a king named Hiranyakashipu who was the king of demonic asuras. After praying for several years, he got granted with a boon that he will never be killed by a human, any animal. Also, he cannot be killed indoors or outdoors, neither at day nor at night. No could end him and he will not be killed on land, air or water. All these factors state that it was impossible to kill Hiranyakashipu. It is because of this that Hiranakashipu that grew arrogant and started considering himself as God. He even asked everyone to worship him. But, his own son Prahlada did not agree with him. Hiranyakashipu along with his sister Holika conspired against Prahlada and tried to kill him. In the process, Holika died but Prahlada was absolutely fine. Later, Lord Vishnu in the form of Narasimha – half human, half lion, killed him at dusk on his lap at his doorstep. He killed him with his claws. People celebrated the death of Hiranyakashipu and Holika. Since then Holi is being celebrated.
add life and vitality to the festival of Holi which makes it the most vibrant of all festivals. Celebrated in the month of Phalgun, this festival is the most unique, and full of of life. People play with called “” by applying them each other. Also, they throw water balloons on each other. Children use water syringes and all other types of toys made just for Holi. The boisterous yet festival of Holi is not just a riot of colours but also an amalgamation of culture, tradition, and togetherness.
Food is an integral part of every festival in India. We love Holi not only because of the colors but also the delicious delicacies that are made on this day. Gujiya is the most famous savoury sweet dish which is made on the occasion of Holi. Other mouth-watering delicacies like Dal Kachori, Thandai, Malpua, and Dahi Bhalle are also the highlight of this festival.
On the occasion of Holi, people spend their day smearing colors on each other’s face. They dance, relish delicious food, have parties and enjoy the vibes of the festival. Special events are organized on Holi. Families gather together and party the whole day. They distribute sweets, apply colors on whosoever visits them and greet each other. The Holi lovers enjoy this festival to the hilt.
Holi Gift Ideas
During this time, people prefer to exchange little gifts. They bring sweets or idols of deity for each other. Some decorative items are also gifted during this season. As the festival falls in the spring season people also carry packs of juices or bouquet of beautiful flowers for each other.