All over the world, the spring festival of colors is called Holi and was originated in India and spread all over the world.
All over the world, the spring festival of colors is called Holi and was originated in India and spread all over the world. The word “Holi” comes from “Holika”, the sister of a demon king named Hiranyakashyap.
According to the story in Hindu mythology, Hiranyakashyap’s son, Prahlad worshipped Lord Vishnu against his father’s wishes. Prahlad was born in Sage Narad’s ashram (cottage) and was educated to respect others, and be a devotee of all gods. Prahlad was a great dedicated devotee of Lord Vishnu’s. However, his father considered gods his enemies and hence he did not like his son being a devotee of Lord Vishnu.
He continued to oppose Prahlad and when he did not listen, Hiranyakashyap attempted to poison Prahlad. He was even ordered to be thrown into a river, and put in boiling oil. But, by the grace of Lord Vishnu, Prahlad survived every time. Hiranyakashyap was shocked to find his son still alive and finally, he ordered him to sit in the lap of Holika (his sister) in fire. The trick, however, was that Holika could not die because she had a boon which prevented her from getting burned in fires.
Prahlad readily accepted, and prayed to Lord Vishnu to keep him safe from harm. When the fire started, everyone was amazed to see that Holika burned to death and Prahlad was unharmed. Holika burned to death because she used her wish for the wrong purpose.
The sins of Holika and perseverance of Prahlad is celebrated as Holi. Every year, thousands of people celebrate Holi. This festival serves as many purposes; it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring.
The first day of the festival people light up bonfire which symbolizes Holika sitting in the fire. The next day’s celebration involves people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other and sharing desserts.
Holi is celebrated at the end of winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month – Phalguna – which is usually around February or March.
The third day is celebrated as BhaiDhuj. On this day, sisters put teeka on their brothers forehead symbolizing affection between them and to help each other forever.
Natural colors are also used to play Holi by applying turmeric, sandalwood paste, and extracts of flowers and leaves to create the most vibrant colors.
This year the festival will start on March 26th. Have fun and joy with colors.