The Indian Festival
- The Hindu Festival of Colors, India
India is a land
of diverse cultures and traditions. Being a vast country,
India is proud to have a rich cultural heritage that is evident
from its plethora of festivals which are celebrated all year
round in this magnificent country. Among its most popular
festivals is the festival of Holi, also known as the 'Celebration
Falling in the
month of March, Holi is one of the most colourful and widely
celebrated India festival of all. Most is most significant
about this festival is the fact that people from all religions
come together as one to celebrate this popular festival.
Significance of Holi
If we were to discuss
the Mythological significance of the festival of Holi, we would
have to go back to the time when a devil King Hiranyakshyap ruled
his kingdom. The king considered himself God and expected everyone
to regard him as God as well. However, much to his anger, the king
faced opposition from his own son Prahlad who was a devout believer
of Lord Vishnu.
This angered the
proud king who turned to his sister Holika who was blessed with
the ability to enter a blazing fire and come out of it unscathed.
Holika entered a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap, with full
conviction that Prahlad would be burnt alive. However, the plan
backfired and much to everyone's surprise, Holika was burnt alive
while Prahlad came out of the fire without a single wound. This
legendary story affirmed the fact that true and complete faith in
God could make the impossible possible!
Associated with Holi
Each year, on the first day of
Holi festivities, bonfires are lit to signify the burning of
King Hiranyakashipu's sister Holika. It is believed that, through
this bonfire, all the negativities and evils are put to an end.
Hindus pray for happiness, positive vibes and peace in their lives
as they go around the bonfire.
On the second day of Holi festivities,
also known as Dhuleti, people come out of their homes, visit friends
and family and spend the day playing with coloured powder and water
mixed with vibrant colors. Applying color and throwing water on
each other is a trend that is thoroughly enjoyed by both young and
If you were to look around yourself
on Holi day, you would see a rainbow of colors all around you -
red, blue, green, orange, yellow...
What to Watch Out
While enjoying the festivities of
Holi, we should not forget to respect the feelings of others.
- Don't force colors on those who
do not want to play.
- Don't go overboard with enjoying
the festival - avoid drinking, driving under the influence of
Play Holi the Eco Friendly Way
with colors that do not harm the skin.
Have a safe and
enjoyable holi! Happy