Holi is called ‘Festival of Colors’. According to Hindu religion, Holi festival is celebrated on the full moon day in Phalgun month. Holi is one of the main festivals of Hindus. This festival symbolizes the “Victory of good over evil”. On this day, people tie color and water among themselves, and greet each other with Holi. Children, young and old all make fun, sing a song and dance in this festival. Like other festivals of Hindu religion, Holi festival is also mythological and cultural. Holi is burnt (Holika Dahan) one night before celebrating Holi. There is a legend behind this, according to which the story of King Hiranyakashyap is associated with Holi.
Hiranyakashyap was a king of ancient India who changed the death of his younger brother from Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakasip got the penance of Lord Brahma ji for his revenge of his younger brother and he got the boon. Hiranyakashyap was proud of this gift from Lord Brahma ji and started to understand himself as God and asked people to worship and he also start worship Himself. After many years, king Hiranyakashyap had a son named Prahlad. Prahlad was the supreme devotee of Lord Vishnu. He did not obey the saying of his evil father and he was merged with Lord Vishnu’s worship and devotion. Seeing Hiranyakashyap, he was very angry because he considered Lord Vishnu as his enemy.
In such a way, he did not have any desire to worship Lord Vishnu and Harinaykashyap Prahlad used to prevent him from worshiping. When the devotee did not accept Prahlad, his evil father king Hiranyakashyap tried to kill Prahlad. Hiranyakashyap had a sister whose name was Holika. Holika had a boon that she could not burn on fire. King Hiranyakashyap told his sister Holika that she should take Prahlad in the lap and sit in the fire and thus devised a plan to kill his devotee son Prahlad. He plan to kill Prahlad but his plan could not succeed.
Because Prahlad was a very big devotee of Lord Vishnu and always used to call the God name all the time. Lord Vishnu listened to the call of the devotee Prahlad and provided him with shadow armor. In this way the devotee Prahlad was sitting in the lap of Holika and Holika get burnt.
This defeat of the Holika symbolizes the destruction of evil. After the Holika was consumed, Lord Vishnu slaughtered Hiranyakashyap. In this way the world was celebrated the victory of good over evil.
Why we celebrate Holi festival with colors?
In Hinduism, Lord Krishna is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna used to celebrate Holi with his companions in Vrindavan and Gokul. Lord Krishna used to make fun of the devils with his colleagues and used to disturb all the people. That is why Holi Vrindavan’s Holi is famous all over the world today.
Holi – Festival of Spring (Basant)
Holi is also called as festival of spring. Because the winters are over when it arrives. Holi is also called ‘Vasant Mahotsav’ somewhere in north India. In celebration of the spring harvest and good harvest, the farmers celebrate the festival of Holi.
Holi – celebration of colors
There is a very important role of colors in the Holi festival. Years ago the colors of Holi were made from flowers of
Nowadays, gully-making companies use many chemicals to make gullets that are very harmful to our skin. These colors containing gullets are very harmful for our skin and eyes. All of us should avoid the use of these chemicals and thus holy festival should be considered in its original form so that this festival of love, respect and integrity has not lost its traditional form.
Importance of Holi festival
Holi is celebrated in different states in different ways. Somewhere it is celebrated for 2 days, somewhere between 7 or 8 days . That’s why India is known for unity in diversity. Despite all the different ways, all are one. Holi preparations begin in Vrindavan and Gokul a month ago. Thousands of foreign guests come to Vrindavan every year and enjoy Holi celebrations here.
In spite of this, Holi is celebrated for 2 days in Delhi and around. On the 1st day, the largest member of the house sprouts color on the rest of the members and gives the wishes of Holi, this day is celebrated with Holika Dahan. On the 2nd day, all people are poured water and color on each other and congratulate each other for Holi and people go home and people meet together and forget about each other’s wet teachings while start a new friendship.
Holi celebration in 2019
Wed, March 21, 2019, Holi festival will be celebrated throughout India.
Date and time of Holika Dahan Puja 2019
The festival of Holika Dahan will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 20, 2019. Holika Dahan is the highlight of the evening from 20:57 to 24:28 duration = 3 hour 30 minutes.
Hey! Friends wishing you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous Holi:
“Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love!”