Happy Holi 2023
Holi, the festival of colors is one of the most significant and popular festivals in India. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindi month of “Phalgun” which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. To welcome the arrival of the Spring season and say goodbye to winter the festival of Spring or the festival of love is commemorated. People of India residing all across the globe celebrate the day as it signifies the victory of good over evil.
History of Holi Celebration
People from different states celebrate Holi by following different traditions. Holi is a festival especially among the farmers to celebrate good harvests and the fertility of the land. In Hindu Mythology, we get to know many histories behind the commemoration of the color festival. People associate Holi with the eternal love of Krishna and Radha and therefore in Mathura and Vrindavan the festival of spring is celebrated with zeal for 16 days as Lord Krishna had a special affection for these both cities. Here, people celebrate the festival by playing with colors, flowers and on a particular day there is a ritual in which men go around with shields and women have the right to playfully beat them on their shields with sticks. In South India, people worsip Kaamadeva, the love god of Indian mythology, on Holi.
The story behind Holi celebration is that there was once a King named, Hiranyakashipu having a son, Prince Prahalada. The prince worshipped and had much devotion to Lord Vishnu and this infuriated the King. He tried to kill his own son but failed several times. At one occassion, Holika, sister of King Hiranyakashipu agreed the boy to sit along with her on a fire. She herself wore a cloak that made her immune to burning. But as the fire roared cloak flew away from Holika and she was completely burnt. Nothing happened to Prahlada while her aunt died. This event signifies the victory of good over evil.
Days of Holi Celebration
Holi is commemorated for a night and a day. The first evening of Holi Celebration is know as “Holika Dahan”, in which people gather in front of a bonfire, perform religious rituals, sing, dance, and pray that all the evils get destroyed. The next day is marked as Rangwali Holi also known as Dhuleti, Dhulendi, Dol Purnima, etc. On this day people play with their friends, family, relatives with colored water, dry powder, gulal, and abeer. The traditional delicacies prepared in every home on the occassion of Holi are Ghujia, Papris, Dahi-Bhalles, Bhang-ke-vade, Thandai, etc.
Holi Wishes From Bankersadda Team
The entire team of Bankersadda wishes you and and your family a very Happy and Joyful Holi. May the festival of colors splash your life with the different shades of colors. Unwind all your stress and enjoy the day by playing with colors, having sweets & traditional delicacies.