Why You Must Experience The Holi Festival At Least Once In Your Lifetime.
India is so popular all around the world for its festivals and culture as people of almost all religions live in India. India respects all religions and each year hundreds of festivals are celebrated in India and Holi is one of those main festivals of Indian culture. Holi festival is the festival of colors and the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals.
It marks the end of winter in India and welcomes the spring season it’s an amazing festival of colors, meet and greet, love, and joy. But do u know why the Holi festival is so popular and why Holi is celebrated in India and how became so special?.
Here’s all you need to know about this wonderful and colorful festival in India. Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindu communities all over the world. Holi is the second most important festival on the Hindu calendar after Diwali.
Why Holi is celebrated?
There was a king named Hiranyakashipu and his wish was to become a god and conquer the world. He wanted to take revenge of his younger brother’s death who was killed by Lord Vishnu.
So to became powerful, he prayed for years and finally granted a boon. But with that boon the king Hiranyakashipu started considering himself God and asked all people to worship him like God.
The king has a young son named Prahalad, and he was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. So the king was not happy with his son and finally decided to kill him. He asked his sister Holika to kill Prahalad.
Holika was immune to fire. Finally, Holika tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. While Holika protected herself with a clock, and Prahalad remained exposed as was reciting the name of Lord Vishnu continuously. As the fire blazed, Holika got burnt to ashes and lord Vishnu saved Prahalad. The defeat of Holika signifies the burning of all that is bad.
But why colors became part of the Holi festival? Now, this is related to Lord Krishna (reincarnation of Lord Vishnu).
It is believed by the people that Lord Krishna used to play and celebrate Holi with colors and hence holi became popular. He always used to play Holi with his friends at Vrindavan( It is a center of Krishna worship) and Gokul. They used to play pranks inside the village and after that, it became a community event. That is why till today Holi celebrations at Vrindavan are unmatched.
According to another history, Lord Krishna had developed a blue skin color after Putana, a demon, who poisoned him with her breast milk. Krishna worried if the fair-skinned Radha would ever like him because of that blue skin color. After that Lord Krishna’s mother asked him to approach Radha and smear her face with any color he wanted. The joyful coloring gradually became a tradition and later, as a festival observed as Holi, in the Braj region of India.
When and How Holi is celebrated?
Holi is one of the oldest Hindu festivals and it had probably started several centuries before the birth of Christ. Holi is a spring festival to say goodbye to winters. Each year Holi is celebrated in March. Holi is not a one-day festival as celebrated in most of the states in India but in some states, it’s a three-day festival.
The Holika Dahan:
Holi celebrations started with Holika Dahan, a day before Holi, where people perform rituals in front of a bonfire, praying for their inner evil to be destroyed, just as Holika was killed in the fire.
Dhulandi is celebrated on the next day of Holika Dahan. People meet, hug and congrats each other. people come out on the streets to play with colors, and drench each other in colored water through water guns or balloons. The deities of Radha and Krishna are worshipped and smeared with colors. Holi is an Indian festival that represents love and joy.
A very popular form of Holi, called Lathmar Holi is specially celebrated in Barsana, a town near Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh state, where women beat up men with sticks, as those on the sidelines chant ”Sri Radhey” or ”Sri Krishna.”