Holi The Color Festival of India.

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Holi is the most fun-filled and energetic Indian festival. It's a social gathering that brings in real joy and entertainment, excitement and play, songs and dancing, and, of course, plenty of dazzling colors!

The Holi

Holi is one of the main festivals of India and it is a religious festival rejoiced by Hindus. This springtime carnival is among the popular festivals of the north and the middle part of India and is most exhilarating of all. Holi festival consists of such a marvelous time and play, a spell of the word 'Holi' gets laughable and craze among the people.

People are spraying color powder on one another, and throwing colored and scented water on one another. Holi also indicates the arrival of spring, a period of joy and expectation. This festivity has an antediluvian origin and celebrates the victory of 'good' over 'bad'. Holi has even greater causes.

Indians assume that it is time for enjoying spring's countless colors and saying farewell to winter. Furthermore, Holi acclaims many non secular myths and legends. This vibrant festival connects the communal gap and restore delightful connections with others. During this day, individuals hug and greet one another 'Happy Holi'.

Colorful Holi Festival

Holi celebrated many centuries before the Christian era. But, the style of the festival has changed over the years. Earlier it was a special ritual carried out by married women for the happiness and salubrity of their families by worshiping the full moon.

This awesome spring festival of Holi commemorated on the full moon day (Purnima) of Phalguna - the last month of the Indian calendar, which generally comes in the later part of February or the first part of March. Holi commemoration commences with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve.

Several legends & stories related to Holi festivity makes the festival more excited and vibrant. People rub colors on each other and cheer up and expressing, "Bura Na Maano Holi Hai". (Don't mistake, it is Holi). Holi also offers a great chance to send special Holi gifts to dear and near.

Holi gets people more proximate to their religion and their mythology as it is fundamentally the story of various legends connected with the festival. Holi got its name as the "Festival of Colors" from Lord Krishna, (Lord Vishnu's incarnation), who enjoyed playing pranks on the village girls by soaking them in colors with water.

The Holi ritual's importance is flaming of the demons 'Holika'. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to symbolize the burning the evil spirits. In some other cultures, even if, the wood and leaves burning ritual on the full moon night already existed, this ritual was to say goodbye to winter and inviting spring.

Wood and leaves that had burnt to mean that it is time for new leaves and flowers. People later soiled their bodies with the burned ash. However, the story of 'Holika Dahan' has been related with this ritual.

The Legend

The literary interpretation of the term 'Holi' is 'burning'. There are many stories to describe the meaning of Holi, most favored of all is the storyline connected with demon Emporer Hiranyakashyap.

Once upon a time there was a demon king, namely Hiranyakashyap, who was very much naughty and egotistical. He captures all the kingdoms of the earth and instructed each citizen in his kingdom to worship him only.

However, The king's order never fulfilled as his own son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Narayana. He didn't obey his father's order and refused to worship his father.

Consequently, Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to execute his son Prahlad. But, his son saved by Lord Vishnu each time. After many attempts, Hiranyakashyap ordered his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with his son Prahlad in her lap.

She already had awarded a boon by god that fire will do no harm to her. King Hiranyakashyap thought that Holika has a boon and fire couldn't burn her. In spite of the boon Holika burnt in the fire and Prahlad escaped with no harm done to him.

As a result Hiranyakashyap paid a price for his evil desires, by the grace of god and for his great devotion, Prahlad escaped from the treachery of his father. According to this legend, the Holi festival takes its name from Holika and observed as a festival of victory of good over evil.

Even today, the fable followed by people in some part of India and they do the scene of 'Holika's burning to ashes' in their society or town.

Modern Holi Celebrations

When the festival arrives, the crazes of the people reach its peak. They prepare different colorful water mixtures, and throw the colored water in the air and on one another to show great bliss and enthusiasm in the arrival of this Holi.

People only take amusement in this playful and fun event. Children get pleasure from the festival by spraying water or throw color filled balloons at one another. During the weather changes, the spring begins, there is an expectation to cause viral fever and cold.

The frolicsome throwing of natural colored powders has a medical meaning: the colors were traditionally composed of Margosa leaves, Saffron, Turmeric, Bilva, and other amazing herbs approved by the Ayurveda medical system.

In place of wet colors, conventional flowers of Palash boiled and saturated with water overnight to make yellow colored water, which also had healing benefits of skin.

The Colors of Holi


Regrettably the commercial approach of festivity has led to introduce the use of Chemical Colors which have toxic substances, they may sometimes affect your health.

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author avatar sukkran
18th Mar 2014 (#)

thanks peter, for moderation and the star.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Mar 2014 (#)

sounds marvellous and the pics are super...

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author avatar sukkran
19th Mar 2014 (#)

thanks carolina

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
19th Mar 2014 (#)

Nice and interesting post!

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author avatar sukkran
19th Mar 2014 (#)

grateful for you, fern

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Mar 2014 (#)

Holi is peculiar to the sub continent. Nice post

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author avatar sukkran
19th Mar 2014 (#)

it is nice to have your comment here. thanks madan

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author avatar wonder
19th Mar 2014 (#)

A nice post, very well written and lovely pictures.

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author avatar sukkran
19th Mar 2014 (#)

thank you wonder.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Mar 2014 (#)

BEAUTIFUL and FUN...What a great way to welcome spring...thank you sukkran..

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author avatar sukkran
19th Mar 2014 (#)

thank you delicia.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Holi is gaining popularity in the west also. UK and Europe celebrate holi. Now it is being celebrated in the US. This year there was a Holi festival in Orlando organized by the westerners.

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