Holi, the festival of colours, is one of the most vibrant and joyous festivals celebrated in India. It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna, which falls usually in the month of March. Holi signifies the victory of good over evil and heralds the arrival of spring. It is a time for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together, forget their differences and celebrate the joy of life.
The festival is named after Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. According to Hindu mythology, Hiranyakashipu was granted a boon by Lord Brahma that made him invincible. He became arrogant and started tormenting the people and gods. He ordered that no one should worship anyone else but him. However, his son Prahlad, remained devoted to Lord Vishnu, against his father’s wishes. Hiranyakashipu devised a plan to kill his son with the help of his sister Holika, who had a boon that made her immune to fire. Holika took Prahlad in her lap and entered a blazing fire. But, to everyone’s surprise, Prahlad emerged unharmed, while Holika was burnt to ashes. The festival of Holi celebrates this triumph of good over evil.
The festival of colours is celebrated with great enthusiasm and excitement. On the eve of Holi, bonfires are lit in every locality, which is known as Holika Dahan. People gather around the bonfire, sing and dance to the beat of drums, and pray for the well-being of their loved ones.
On the day of Holi, people gather early in the morning, and smear each other with coloured powder and water. They use a variety of colours made from flowers and natural substances. Traditionally, these colours were made by crushing flowers and herbs, but in recent times, synthetic colours have become popular, which can be harmful to the skin and environment. It is, therefore, essential to use organic and eco-friendly colours.
The festival is also an occasion to taste delicacies and traditional sweets. Gujiyas, a deep-fried pastry filled with coconut, almonds and sugar, are a favourite among people. Thandai, a sweetened milk drink that is flavoured with nuts and spices, is a popular drink served during Holi.
Holi is also a time for families to come together, forgive and forget past grievances, and celebrate their love and bond. It is a time to let go of negativity and embrace positivity. The festival teaches us to live in harmony, spread love and happiness, and foster unity among all.
In conclusion, Holi is a festival that spreads joy and happiness. It is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of spring. It is a time to forget past differences and celebrate the bond of love and unity. Let us all celebrate Holi with eco-friendly colours, food, and music, and spread love and positivity. Happy Holi!
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