Holi the festival of colors, is a spring festival celebrated across the globe. The festival is entertaining and appealing to everyone because of the lively colors.
It took the shape of community sport, irrespective of caste and religion or religion or belief, people gather in a group that enjoys colors, throwing and sprinkling with colors.
The beauty of the Holi Festival lies in the fact that people of all types enter in a high spirit and the usual distinction between class, caste, gender is more dispersed on this day, the festival of colors we can say festival of life.
In Phalgun Purnima, the lunar month, Phalguna between a March month, the celebration of Holi is at the end of the winter season.
This year, Holi is on 9 March, various groups in India name in different ways. Behind this festival, there are also a number of subjects.
No matter what name or subject, color, throw and splash colors together are the unique characteristics of this festival.
All these colors smear the message of ever-present solidarity and equality in their hearts and souls. Let this festival mark your happiest event of the year in a vibrant rainbow and offer joy and happiness.
Why people celebrate Holi?
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There are many aspects of the Holi celebration as per Hindu mythology Let us have look at them.
A tale of Prahlada and Hiranyakashipu
As per theology of Vaishnava, Hiranyakashipu, a great King of Demons, lived in the town. He won Lord Brahma’s heart due to his prolonged penance, receives a blessing that almost prevents him from being slain.
Hiranyakashipu blessed with not to be killed by day or night by Astra, or by Shastra, inside or outside of the house or by any man or beast, not in the land or the paradise.
He began to order people and gods to worship him. He began to attack the heavens and the earth.
Hiranya Kashipu has son named Prahlada, and he was the Lord Vishnu’s follower. Repeatedly, Hiranyakashipu had warned him not to worship Lord Vishnu.
Then finally Hiranya Kashipu decided to murder Prahlada but failed miserably.
He decided eventually to let his son sit down in a burning pyre on his sister’s lap. Sister Holika of Hiranyakashipu, the witch, had a blessing to protect her from burning. Prahlada emerged unscathed, and Holika burned to the ground when the stakes started to burn. so because of the name Holika, people celebrate Holi
Then Lord Vishnu came in avatar as Narasimha (half-human, half-lion); he kept Hiranyakashipu in a porch of his house, which was neither inside nor outside, but which wasn’t day or night, killing him in the twilight;
On his knees, neither on earth nor in heaven, Narasimha took Prahlada nor with his chela, did neither the Astra nor the Shastras, tear him apart.
A love tale of Radha-Krishna
Holi is celebrated in 16 days in Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna grew up in memory of the love of Lord Krishna and Radha.
The event ends in Rangpanchami. Lord Krishna once spoke to his mom about the difference between his dark skin and the light skin of Radha.
Yet, again and again, the mother of Krishna wanted to use color on Radha’s forehead. Krishna and all his mates enjoyed it when it was done
Since then, Lord Krishna has popularized this Gopis and Radha festival together with his friends
As this incident occurs in the spring season, since then it is celebrate as a season of love.
A tale of Kamadeva- the Hindu god of human love or desire
Lord Shiva was in deep meditation to receive the goddess Parvati as his wife. The god of love, Kamadeva, drew his weapon on Lord Shiva to make break his meditation and make his wife. Lord Shiva opened his third eye and looked at Kama Deva.
Since the eyes of Lord Shiva were so powerful, Kamadeva’s body destroyed in the ashes. Rati, Lord Kamadeva’s wife, demanded the release of her husband by Lord Shiva. Kamadeva’s body can only be restored as a spiritual image. In memory of this event, we people celebrate with Campfire.
The Harvest Festival
The summer harvest festival in northern India celebrates Holi with great enthusiasm. As a summer harvest in Kashmir, Holi is significant. Holi here is an extremely large festival by water and colorful splash, people celebrate this festival of harvest. They sing and dance and thank God that they have generously harvested everything. Holi is, therefore, a colorful and pleasant harvest festival.
Medical Science and Holi
When the weather changes, spring is the transition period, it’s the winter season and the summer advent. The activation of bacteria, viruses, and other hazardous germs causes dangerous diseases that spread harmful germs, causing contagion diseases like fever, cholera, chickenpox, and so forth.
In ancient times, when medicine was not firmly developed in India, people relied primarily on Ayurveda and medicinal herbs. It is suspected that natural epidemics impact and lead to death in thousands of people. Then people threw colored, medically important natural powders away as a precaution. For people and their bodies, colors are very important.
Traditionally, such colors made with Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilwa and other Ayurvedic herbs.
When these powders and color liquids have been splash and spray, they have been helping to vaccinate and kill germs in the houses, the atmosphere, and the human body.
Similar colors have also use to spray fields, deter pests and diseases, and store grain in healthy barns. For a period that culminated in a sport, the vibrant festival took the shape of Holi.
Day before Holi
A lit bonfire, a day before Holi (Holika Dahan or Kama Dahanam). The Hindu custom states that people sing and dance around the campfire. The warmth of the burning bonfire helps kill microorganisms and eliminate germs in our bodies and the atmosphere by taking parikrama or running around the campfire.
It helps the campfire to eradicate germs, bacteria and virus-induced diseases and protect mankind from harmful diseases.
Newly harvested green gram sheaves and wheat is roasted and eaten on the stake. In the spring season, it’s a portion of healthy food. The body gets activate and increases metabolism.
Special Holi Drink-We called it as Thandai
The drink is from milk, almonds, pistachios, rose petals, sugar cane juice, and medicinal herbs. Thandai is a rare cocktail. This drink helps the human body to rejuvenate and increase energy and medicinal.
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