Holi is known as the festival of colours. It is one of the most important in India. Holi is celebrated each year with zeal and enthusiasm in the month of March by followers of the Hindu religion. Those who celebrate this festival, wait for it every year eagerly to play with colours and have delectable dishes.
Holi is about celebrating happiness with friends and family. People forget their troubles and indulge in this festival to celebrate brotherhood. In other words, we forget our enmities and get into the festival spirit. Holi is called the festival of colours because people play with colours and apply them to each other’s faces to get coloured in the essence of the festival. Holi festival is celebrated to mark the victory of truth over evil, the victory of Prahlad over cruel King Hiranyakashyap. Prahlad was a devotee of God. His father, Cruel King Hiranyakashyap did not faith in God but believed in his own powers. King Hiranyakashyapa failed to deviate from his son’s devotion to God and decided to kill him by burning him alive. Hiranyakashyap’s sister, Holika, had a God-gifted boon that she would not be burnt in the fire. Holika sat with Prahlad in the blazing fire. But Holika herself was burnt and Prahlad survived unhurt. This incident is observed at night before Holi by burning of wood.
During the day, woman folk worship a stack of wooden logs called Holi. Holi is lit in holy ways on the full moon night. The green ears of barley and gram are heated in the fire and distributed among friends and relatives. New friendships are initiated and old enmities are forgotten. Even today, everyone burns a stack of wood and cow dunk in the night and burn Holika, and the next day everyone plays Holi by rubbing colors on each other’s faces. People dress up in white clothes and play Holi with colors, water balloons, and water guns. They dance throughout the day and enjoy a special drink called “Thandai”.
CELEBRATION OF HOLI
People celebrate Holi with utmost fervour and enthusiasm, especially in North India. One day before Holi, people conduct a ritual called ‘Holika Dahan’. In this ritual, people pile heaps of wood in public areas to burn. It symbolizes the burning of evil powers revising the story of Holika and King Hiranyakashyap. Furthermore, they gather around the Holika to seek blessings and offer their devotion to God.
The next day is probably the most colourful day in India. People get up in the morning and offer pooja to God. Then, they dress up in white clothes and play with colours. They splash water on one another. Children run around splashing water colours using water guns. Similarly, even the adults become children on this day. They rub colour on each other’s faces and immerse themselves in water.
In the evening, they bathe and dress up nicely to visit their friends and family. They dance throughout the day and drink a special drink called the ‘bhaang’. People of all ages relish holi’s special delicacy ‘gujiya’ ardently.
Holi is a festival of love, universal brotherhood, and goodwill among individuals and communities. this festival gives us the message of unity and brotherhood. In 2021, we have to celebrate Holi properly because a new virus has spread called Coronavirus We must follow the manner of civilized citizens and respect others. Please follow proper social distancing and celebrate Holi with limited Gathering.
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