Holi, known as the ‘festival of colors’ is celebrated on the full moon day falling in the month of Phalguna (Feb-Mar). Various colors and water are thrown on each other, amidst loud music, drums etc to celebrate Holi. Like many other festivals in India, Holi also signifies a victory of good over evil. As per ancient mythology, there is a legend of King Hiranyakashipu with who Holi is associated.
How Holy is Celebrated?
Holi is a very important festival of India. It is called the festival of colours. This festival is full of joy and happiness and is celebrated by the entire family and friends. People pledge to have faith in truth and always stay honest to fight away the evil. On this day, you meet your close family relatives and friends and play with colours, share gifts, and sweets, etc. All these things help in improving your bonding with them. Holi is a festival in which you forgive and forget all wrongdoings to remove bitterness in your relationships if any. We wait for the whole year to enjoy this day to the fullest by meeting people and making new memories. Generally, cultural functions, traditional dances, keertans, etc. are organized on this day. But as we are getting modernized, we opt for DJ, listen to loud music, cut Happy Holi cakes, organize rain dance, etc.
The Modern Holi
Holi for any Indian is synonym to rang and bhaang. The festival of colours is more than just what pleases the eyes. It not only has mythological significance but also cultural, social and biological characteristic to it. Read on to know more.
There was a powerful king named Hiranyakashipu. He was a devil and was hated for his cruelty. He considered himself to be God and wanted everybody in his kingdom to worship him like one. However, his own son, Prahlada, was a devotee of Lord Vishnu and refused to worship his father. Angry with the disobedience of his son, Hiranyakashipu tried killing his son a number of times, but nothing worked. He then asked his evil sister, Holika, for help. Holika possessed a special power of being immune to fire. So, to kill Prahlada, she tricked him into sitting with her on a pyre. But due to her evil intentions, her power became ineffective and she was burned to ashes. On the other hand, Prahlada gained this immunity and was saved. This is why the first day of Holi is celebrated as Holika Dahan and symbolizes the victory of good over evil.