The festival of Holi in India fills a lot of happiness and color in everyone’s life, it is commonly called ‘Rang Mahotsav‘ because of making the lives of people colorful. It brings unity and love among people. It is also called the “festival of love”. It is a traditional and cultural Hindu festival, which has been celebrated by old generations since ancient times and is being followed by new generations every year.
However, some propagandists and liberals have started to brainwashing people about not celebrating festivals. It is very important to keep the history alive and follow the rituals.
It is a festival of colors and love which is celebrated every year by people of Hindu religion with joy and enthusiasm. It is a festival of refreshing the mind, which not only refreshes the mind but also relationships. It is a festival which is celebrated by distributing love and affection with the members and relatives of their family which also strengthens their relationships. This is a festival that makes people forget their old bad behaviour and bind them in a thread of relationship.
On this day people use red color and red gulal which is not only red color but also symbolizes love and affection for each other. In fact, it not only colors people from outside but also colors their souls in different colors. It is not fair to call it an ordinary festival because it gives color to the people without color. It brings a comma to the normal routine of the busy lives of people.
It is celebrated everywhere by Hindus of Indian origin however, it is mainly celebrated by the people of India and Nepal. It is a festive ritual, in which everyone burns the bonfire of the Holika together, singing and dancing, with the trust that all the bad habits and bad powers are burnt with Holika and new energy and good habits in their life You will get achievements The next morning brings a lot of happiness for them which people express by playing colors and gambling throughout the day.
People use water guns (squirrels) and balloons in open roads, parks and buildings to play Holi. Some musical instruments are used to sing songs and dance. People spend their entire day in coloring, singing, dancing, eating delicious things, drinking, hugging each other, meeting friends at home, and a lot of activities. It is a must to enjoy the festival with all the joy and happiness.
The festival of Holi will be celebrated with full enthusiasm by Indians living in India and abroad on March 10, Tuesday, 2020.
When is Holi Celebrated
According to the Hindu calendar, Holi festival is celebrated on an annual basis in the month of March (or sometimes in the month of February) in Phalgun Purnima. This festival is also a sign of the victory of good over the power of evil. It is a festival when people meet each other, laugh, forget problems and forgive each other and revive relationships. This lunar month, the last day of the full moon of Phalgun, the beginning of the summer season and the end of the winter season, is celebrated with great joy. It is a festival of lots of fun and joyous activities that bind people in one place. Everyone has a big smile on their face and people wear new clothes to show their happiness.
Why is Holi celebrated
There are many reasons to celebrate the festival of Holi every year. It is a grand celebration of color, delicious foods, unity and love. Traditionally, it is celebrated as the success of good over evil or good over evil. It is named as “Phagwah”, as it is celebrated in the Hindi month, Phalgun.
The word Holi originated from the word “Hola” which means worship of God to obtain a new and good harvest. On the festival of Holi, Holika Dahan indicates that those who are dear to God will be saved like Prahlada, the historical character, while those who are fed up with the people of God will one day be punished like the legendary character Holika.
There are many historical significance and legends (of a historical story in India) behind celebrating Holi festival. It is one of the oldest Hindu festivals celebrated for many years. Various relics related to Holi festival have been found on the walls of ancient Indian temples. Ahmadnagar paintings and Mewar paintings have existing varieties of medieval paintings from the 16th century that represent the Holi celebrations during ancient times.
The festival of Holi differs from state to state, as in many states of the country, Holi Festival is celebrated for three consecutive days whereas, in other states, it is a day festival. People celebrate Holi (full moon day or Holi Purnima) on the first day, by spraying colored powder on other members of the house. people begin the ceremony by pouring some colored powder and a brass vessel filled with water in a plate. The second day of the festival, called “Puno”, means that the main day of the festival when people burn the bonfire of Holika according to the Muhurta.
This process is celebrated as a myth of the ancient history of Holika and Prahlada to commemorate the victory of good over evil. The festival of the third day is called “festival” i.e. the last day of the festival, when people come out of their houses, hug each other, gulp on the forehead, play with colors, dance, sing, one another. Let’s meet, eat delicious dishes and do a lot of activities. Holi according to customs and traditions as’ Lattmar Holi ‘in Uttar Pradesh, “Phagwah” or “Deol” in Assam,’ Dhol Purnima “in Bengal,” Dhol Jatra “in West Bengal, and” Fagu “in Nepal etc. “Is popular with names.
Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan
Holi Festival is a very famous festival in Mathura and Vrindavan. Some overzealous people living in other regions of India gather in Mathura and Vrindavan to witness the Holi festival in particular. Mathura and Vrindavan are great lands where Lord Krishna took birth and did many activities. Holi is one of them. According to history, it is believed that the Holi festival was started from the time of Radha and Krishna. Both places are very famous for Radha and Krishna style Holi celebrations.
In Mathura, people celebrate Holi with lots of fun-filled activities. The festival of Holi holds the importance of love and devotion for them, where there is a lot of love to experience and see. The festival lasts for a full week with a large crowd of people from every corner of India. There is a Banke-Bihari temple in Vrindavan where this grand ceremony is celebrated. Another place to celebrate Holi near Mathura is Gulal-Kund in Braj, a lake near Mount Govardhan. A Krishna-Lila drama is organized on a large scale to enjoy the festival of Holi.
Holi or Lathmar Holi in Barsane
Every year in Barsana people celebrate Lattmar Holi, which is very interesting. People from nearby areas come to Barsane and Nandgaon to witness the Holi festival. Barsana is a city in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. Lathmar Holi is a Holi festival with a stick in which women kill men with sticks. It is believed that little Krishna came to Barsana to see Radha on the day of Holi, where he teased her and her friends and in return, he was also chased by her. Since then, people in Barsane and Nandgaon celebrate Holi with the use of sticks called Lathmar Holi.
Thousands of people from nearby areas meet together to celebrate Lattmar Holi at Radha Rani Temple in Barsane. people also sing the songs of Holi and recite Shri Radhe and Shri Krishna. Every year the Gopas or shepherds of Nandgaon play Holi with the Barsana gopis or female shepherds and the Barsane gopas or shepherds play Holi with the Gopis or female shepherds of Nandgaon. Some group songs are sung by men to get the attention of women; In return, the women become aggressive and kill the men with sticks. There is a tradition of cold drinking in the form of cold drinks or cannabis.
History and Importance of Holi festival
Holi festival has been celebrated since ancient times due to its cultural and traditional beliefs. It has been mentioned in the holy books of India, such as Purana, Daskumar Charit, Sanskrit drama, Ratnavali and many more. On this ritual of Holi, people start making piles of wood and other flammable materials for the ritual of Holika Dahan in the streets, parks, community centres, and surrounding areas of temples. There is a great story of Holi.
People start preparing cleanliness, washing, gujhiya, sweets, mathi, malpua, chips etc. and many other things at home. Holi is a huge festival for Hindus all over India, which has existed for many centuries before Christ. Earlier, the festival of Holi was celebrated by married women by worshipping the full moon for the good of their family. According to ancient Indian mythology, there have been many legends behind celebrating this festival.
Holi is a cultural, religious and traditional festival for Hindus. The word Holi is derived from “Holika”. The festival of Holi is especially celebrated by the people of India, behind which there is a big reason.
According to the region-wise celebration of Holi, this festival has its own historical significance, which includes cultural, religious and biological significance. The historical significance of Holi Festival comes under historical legends which are associated with this festival.
Historical Significance Of Holi In Hinduism
The first historical significance of Holi festival is the story of Prahlada, Holika and Hiranyakashyap. This is the story of Holi and why it is being celebrated in Hinduism. A long time ago, there was a demon king named Hiranyakashyap. His sister’s name was Holika and son was Prahlad. After meditating for many years, he received the boon of being the powerful man on earth by Lord Brahma. Those powers made him egoistic, he felt that he is the only God with supernatural powers. He then started demanding everyone to worship him as God himself.
People were very weak and scared and started following him very easily, however, his son named Prahlada disagreed with his own father’s decision. Prahlada was a very religious person since childhood and was always devoted to Lord Vishnu. Prahlada did not like this kind of behaviour by his father, Hiranyakash. He never considered Pralad his son and started punishing him brutally. However, Prahlada was surprisingly saved by some natural forces each time.
In the end, he gets fed up with his son and calls his sister Holika to get some help. He made a plan to keep his nephew on his lap and sit in the fire because he had the blessing of never being harmed by the fire. He wrapped himself in a special shawl to protect it from the fire and sat in a huge fire with Prahlada. After some time, when the fire became big and terrible, his shawl flew away to wrap Prahlada. She was burnt and Prahlada was saved by her Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashp was very angry and started thinking of another trick to kill his son. The day when Prahlada was saved started celebrating Holika Dahan and Holi as a symbol of the victory of good over evil.
Another historical significance of Holi festival is the story of Radha and Krishna. The divine love of Radha and Krishna is behind celebrating the festival of Holi in the Braj region. In Brij, people celebrate Holi as a festival of love to commemorate divine love. On this day, people decorate little Krishna with dark blue skin and Radha with fair skin, including gopis. Lord Krishna and other gopis used to paint their faces.
Another legend of Holi in southern Indian regions is the legend of Lord Shiva and Cupid. People celebrate the festival of Holi to commemorate the sacrifice of Lord Kamadeva to distract the attention of Lord Shiva to save the whole world.
The saga of ogres fumigation is prevalent behind celebrating the festival of Holi. In Raghu’s empire, the ogres used to harass the foggy children. On the day of Holi, he himself ran away from the tricks of the children.
People have a strong cultural perception behind celebrating Holi Festival. The various stories behind celebrating this festival have full faith in the victory of the power of truth over evil. People believe that God always keeps his loved ones and true devotees in his big hands. people never allow them harm from evil forces. Even people worship Holika during Holika Dahan to burn all their sins and problems and wish for great happiness and good health in return. Another cultural belief behind celebrating Holi festival is when people bring a new crop from the fields to their home then celebrate the festival of Holi to express their happiness and joy.
Social Importance Of Holi
Holi festival itself has a social significance, it brings great happiness to the people living in society. It removes all problems and brings people very close and strengthens their bond. This festival turns enemies into lifelong friends as well as removes all discrimination of age, caste and religion. To show their love and affection for each other, people give gifts, sweets and greetings cards to their relatives and friends. This festival serves as a tonic of reviving and strengthening relationships, which bind each other in a great emotional bond.
Biological Importance Of Holi
The festival of Holi itself has self-attested biological significance. It has a very beneficial effect on our body and mind, it brings a lot of fun and fun. The time of Holi festival is estimated to be scientifically correct.
It is celebrated at the beginning of the summer season and the end of the winter season when people naturally feel lazy and tired. So, at this time Holi brings a lot of activities and happiness to counteract body dysfunction. It makes the body feel better by playing colors, eating delicious dishes and taking blessings from the elders of the family.
There is a tradition of Holika Dahan on the festival of Holi. Scientifically, it makes the environment safe and clean as it provides the necessary environment for the growth of winter and springtime bacteria. The process of Holika Dahan at various places of society throughout the country increases the temperature of the atmosphere to 145 degrees Fahrenheit which kills bacteria and other harmful pests.
At the same time, people make a circle around the Holika which is known as Parikrama which helps in killing the bacteria of their body. After the Holika is completely burnt, people apply a mixture of sandalwood and new mango leaves along with its ashes (also called Vibhuti) on their foreheads, which helps to promote their health. Playing with color on this festival also has its own benefits and importance. It enhances the health of body and mind. There is a tradition of making houses clean and hygienic to allow some positive energy to flow into the home environment, as well as spiders, mosquitoes or others to get rid of insects.
Meanwhile, some propagandists are brainwashing people to not celebrate festivals in the country in name of wastage of water. If you really care then save water 365 days, not only one day. Festivals are part of our lives. You can’t put restrictions on them.