Holi is a very famous festival of the colours celebrated every year in the month of Phalgun by the people of India with big joy. It is the festival of lots of fun and frolic activities especially for the children who take part in the celebration a week before and lasts a week after the date of Holi festival. Holi festival is celebrated by the people of Hindu religion all over the India especially in North India in the month of March.
There are many stories and legends behind celebrating the Holi in India for years. It is the festival of great importance and significance. According to the Hindu mythology, it is considered as Holi celebration was started a long ago from the ancient time when Holika was burned in the fire while trying to kill her own brother’s son in the fire. It is considered as there was a demon king called Hiranyakashyap, father of little Prahlad.
He had tried to kill his own son in the fire when Prahlad denied worshiping his father as Prahlad was a great devotee of the Lord Vishnu. When Hiranyakashyap failed in many of his strategies to kill Prahlad, he ordered his own sister, Holika to sit in fire by having Prahlad in her lap as she was booed by the God for never getting harmed by the fire.
However, this strategy was also became failed as little Prahlad was the devotee of the Lord Vishnu and he was saved by his God. Holika died in the fire and Prahlad was saved. From that day, people of Hindu religion started celebrating the Holi festival every year. In the evening of a day before the colourful Holi, people make a heap of woods and co-dung cakes on the crossroads and do fire in the heap in the myth of burning Holika and celebrate Holika Dahan ceremony.
Some people make round and round of the burning Holika and worship to get blessed with the prosperity and good health by burning all the sins and diseases in the fire. There is also a tradition in Hindu religion of burning wastes of the whole body massage with mustard seed paste in the fire in the myth of burning all the skin problems and get good health for the whole year.
There are different stories about the importance of the festival. It is said that at one stage a demon by name Tarakasura conquered all ‘Lokas or worlds’ including heaven and was teasing the ‘Devas’. It became necessary for the Devas to pray to Lord Siva to bring forth a person who could conquer Taraka. But Lord Siva was in deep ‘Tapas’. He was not showing any interest towards Parvati, who was devotedly serving him with a desire to marry.
Then the ‘Devas’ requested ‘Manmadha, the God of Love’ to help them and disturb the ‘Tapas’ of Lord Siva. He shot his flower arrows at Lord Siva which disturbed his meditation. Lord Siva got angry and burnt ‘Manmada’ to ashes by opening his third eye. But the arrow had its effect and Siva had to love Parvati and Karthikeya were born, who later killed Tarakasura. The bonfire raised on the festive occasion is to represent the ‘Kamadahana’ by Lord Siva.
Some other connects the colour festival to Rasalila of Lord Krishna with Gopikas. Whatever may be the story behind Holi, the bonfire symbolises burning of evil for the sake of good. The Holi day is full of fun and frolic. All men and women, boys and girls and children join in the sprinkling of colours. Differences are forgotten. Enmity does not find a place. All are friends. Even old people join the fun. They use Abir and Gulal.
On the next morning of the Holika Dahan, people celebrate a colourful Holi by unitedly gathering at one place and on the roads. Colourful Holi preparations start a week before the Holi festival. People become highly enthusiastic especially the children’s of the house who starts buying different colours a week before the date. Even they start playing colours with their friends, neighbours and relatives with pitchakri and small balloons.
In the morning people begin to roam at each other house with abeer and colours to play. There are noisy scenes as little groups of children move from one locality to another exchanging Holi greetings, singing songs and laughing at their own jokes. It is almost midday when people move indoors to freshen themselves. They apply abeer to the forehead of each other, hug each other and celebrate eating various delicious dishes like gujhiya, sweets, Pani puri, Dahi bade, chips and so many other yummy dishes at each other’s home all through the day.
Though this is a festival of brotherhood and unity but it has some disadvantages too. Some ill minded people take this day as a chance to take revenge. They use dirty mud water. Use of strong colours harmful to the skin, charcoal and grease often create a serious quarrel. This leads to unnecessary enmity and spoils the charm of the festival.
People must understand that this festival is celebrated to bring people together to be happy. They must take care not to indulge in bad practices and make it one of the best festivals. They can enjoy to their maximum amidst the beautiful colours.
Holi is a time to rejuvenate. The significance of Holi festival has crossed many pages in history to arrive here, as a time to celebrate renewal. Every festival has its own traditions in the backdrop, but what really matters is the spirit of festivity.
Colours speak louder than words at times. Holi goes beyond the custom of smearing colours on each other. It crosses the realm of traditional customs to reach new dimensions of the renewal and spirit. It’s time to create new bonds, reach out to others and forget the past worries.
Every year I embrace the occasion with growing enthusiasm that bridges over my colourful childhood memories, to reach me today, as a festival to celebrate. Besides exchanging sweets, colours and well-wishes, there is something more to it that I idolise; It is the spirit of unity, friendship and a will to forget the past and let the present take over our lives. This is what makes it my favourite festival.
Tips to play safe Holi
- Nothing can beat covering maximum part of your body with full sleeved clothes and trousers but the old remedy of using mustard oil/coconut oil/ olive oil/ vaseline over your entire body on the night before and the morning of Holi does wonders in removing the colours easily post Holi.
- Herbal and natural colours like turmeric, tea leaves, henna, marigold flowers etc can be a very good choice for playing Holi as they don’t harm your skin much
- Drink lots and lots of water as skin tends to get dehydrated with the use of chemicals so the hydration should be replenished.
- Use of a toner before stepping out to play Holi helps to close the pores of your skin thereby reducing the absorption and the harm.
- Another tip would be to remove Gulal with dry hands rather than using water as it spreads even more after water application.
- A transparent nail polish can take care of your nails, never rub your skin while removing colours and a facial cleanser is a better choice instead of a soap.
- If any irritation develops after the use of colours, wash the area with cold water and apply calamine lotion and a good moisturiser.
- Last but not the least, a good waterproof sunscreen and a thick moisturiser is a must.
Holi Quotes & Greeting
Holi is a special time of year to remember those who are close to our hearts with splashing colours!
Dipped in hues of love and trust has come the festival of Holi.
Holi is the day to express love with colours. It is a time to show affection. All the colours that are on you are of love.
Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of colour.
A true and caring relation doesn’t have to speak loud,
a soft SMS is just enough to express the heartiest feelings.
Enjoy the festival of Holi with lots of fun.
Best wishes to you for a Holi filled with sweet moments and memories to cherish for long.
May God gift you all the colours of life, colours of joy, colours of happiness, colours of friendship, colours of love and all other colours you want to paint in your life. Happy Holi.
Hope your life is framed with all colours of love & happiness today and always! Happy Holi.
Let the colours of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness.
Splash in the colours of fun.. enjoy the delicious treats.. may your life bloom with joy. On this delightful occasion. Happy Holi.
Holi is a time to reach out with the colours of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time expresses the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colours.
From the lanes of Mathura and Vrindavan, the colours of Holi have spread all over the country. These colours also carry the message of love, brotherhood, and truth. So whenever you splash Holi colours on somebody, you give him a promise of being truthful towards him always, maintain brotherhood with him lifelong and shower him with all the possible love throughout your life.
Red for love, green for prosperity, orange for success and pink for happiness. May God Bless you and your family with all these colours, Happy Holi!
The dominant idea behind Holi festival is that we should live more in harmony with nature instead of trying to destroy her and make her our slave.
Holi is not only about colours and sweets. It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that ‘Truth and Humanity are invincible forces in the Universe’.