The festival which paints our lives with colorful shades of joy is here. It is time to get together with our loved ones and rejoice in the celebration of Holi. The festival is celebrated all over India to welcome the season of spring and the traditions vary all over.
Holi is celebrated over a day and a night. Rituals and celebrations start on the night of Purnima when people light a holy fire and sing and dance around it. This is known as ‘Holika Dahan’. As legend has it, Prahlada the son of a powerful King Hiranyakashipu was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. The king asked Prahlada to worship him instead of Lord Vishnu but Prahlada refused to do so. Hiranyakashipu became furious by this act of disobedience. He decided to punish his son and asked his evil sister Holika for help. Holika had the power of being immune to fire. She tricked Prahlada to sit on a pyre with her. With the blessings of Lord Vishnu, Prahlada remained immune to the fire and Holika burned to ashes. The significance of lighting a bonfire on the night of Holi is to burn our agony in the holy fire and ward off all evil.
The next day is a colorful celebration of life. It’s also known as ‘Rangwali Holi’. People enjoy with their loved ones while playing with colors (gulal) and water guns (pichkari). Music is either played on traditional instruments or on speakers and people enjoy themselves by dancing or singing. Delicious variety of foods are prepared in households and families get together to have a good time.
Just like every festival celebrated in our country, Holi too brings friends and families together, spreads joy and love and helps build a close-knit community. And the #PureDelight that comes from celebrating our tradition, culture, and festivals with our loved ones is incomparable!
Here’s wishing all of you a colorful, happy Holi!