Everybody knows that Holi is the festival of colors. But do you know about its significance? Well, according to Mythology, Holi is celebrated because Vishnu defeated Holika during March’s first full moon. Vishnu is one of the Gods belonging to the Hindu trinity; and Holika, the demoness. Thus, people celebrate the triumph of good over evil as part of the celebrations.
Well, as for the colors, Krishna would playfully throw colors and water on the girls to tease them, so the Holi festival became synonymous with these aspects. Also, Krishna is one of Vishnu’s avatars. In fact, people pay tribute to Vishnu via Krishna during Holi.
Besides, people look to mend their relationships with others during the festivities. People wish each other, ‘Happy Holi’ and have a bonfire, too. Also, they rub ‘adeer’ and ‘gulal’ on each other’s faces while telling them not to mind because ‘Holi Hai’. Among all of Hindu’s festivals, Holi is the liveliest one.
Holi indicates the end of the cold winter months and the start of the spring harvest season. During Phalgum Purnima that comes up towards the last days of February or the start of March, Holi is celebrated. By the Hindu calendar, Holi falls on the next day after March’s full moon. In 2019, Holi falls on March 21st.
In the varied Indian states, the people celebrate the ‘Holi’ festival with different names and conventions. The spirit of people is upbeat during the festival and has gained popularity across the country and worldwide.
During Holi, the entire country is in a festive mood. The offices are closed. More so, the market places are busy with people rushing to buy varied Holi hues for playing with their friends. Besides, pichkaris, squirt guns, and armed guns are used for drenching people with water.
Holi’s eve is celebrated with greater fervor throughout the country, too. A huge bonfire is lit that is referred to as the Small or Choti Holi.
Playing with Colors
If walking down the streets, you will see everybody having color on their faces. There is excitement with people splashing colors and water. Dancing on dholaks is another feature of Holi.
As per Holi traditions, people consume Bhang that is intoxicating in nature, which an integral part of the festival’s celebrations. Indeed, the best thing about Holi is that you can have your fill of Bhang. From the extracts of the cannabis plant, the intoxicating drink, Bhang, is prepared.
Holi Handy Tips
- Two kinds of colors are available: Natural and Synthetic. The colors made with natural dyes clear after few body washes; and the synthetic ones, last for 1 week or so. Be sure to always opt for the natural ones.
- Refrain from drinking the water, for it could be harmful.
- Protect your hair by applying a coat of coconut oil, or any other gentle oil, before heading out. By doing so, you can keep color out of your hair.
- Do not head out alone as there have been cases of groping. Ensure that you travel in a group.
- On the streets, you will witness the burning of Hoika effigies. Thus, if traveling, do so a day before the festival kicks in to avoid getting stuck mid-way.