Holi is an Indian festival that is celebrated on Fagun Poornima each year. Holi festival will be celebrated on 17th March this year, i.e. March 17, 2014. Though this is an Indian festival, it is celebrated in many countries including UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Holi Dates and History
Like amny other Indian festivals, Holi is also not a single day festival, but is celebrated in a series of days. The first day of holi is known as “Holika Dahan” and is celebrated by lighting fire to mark the triumph of truth over evil. The second day is “Phag,” when the main holi celebration takes place. In some areas of India, Holi is celebrated on the third day, which is known as “Dhulandi.”
The story of Holi festival goes back to Hiranyakashyap who was a demon king and was very cruel to his own son just because his son Prahalad was a Vishnu follower. Hiranyakashyap tried to kill his son many times in different ways. Once, he took the help of his sister “Holika,” who was blessed by Lord Brahma not to burn by fire. Holika took Prahalad along with him and sat in the burning fire, but lord Vishnu protected him and Holika burnt instead. Since then, Holi is celebrated as a sign of truth’s victory over evil.
Holi is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. Mathura Holi is very famous in India as it is the birth place of Lord Krishna and the holi festival is liked very much there. The celebration involves lots of dancing and play. Some people celebrate it by applying colors and Gulal to each other’s faces while some others like to play with water.
In some parts of India, Holi is celebrated in strange ways. In Braj and Mathura, women beat men using stones and sticks while men use shields for protection. In south India, some people worship and make offerings to Kaamadeva, the love god of Indian mythology, on Holi.
After the day celebration of colors and water, people clean up and go out to meet their friends and relatives and to wish them Holi greetings.
Like many other festivals, holi is a festival of joy and blessings. This day, people meet their friends and relatives and wish them for a joyful life. Holi greetings, Holi images, messages, sms, text, etc. are exchanged between friends and relatives.
Though Holi is a festival of fun and joy, this can even get dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. Here are some tips to consider while celebrating the festival.
- One must wear old clothes.
- Apply oil on body and shampoo in hair before going out to play with colors.
- Play only with natural organic colors and Gulal/Abeer.
- Be aware of street guys and rogues.
- Do not go out if you have no plans to play with colors.
Have a happy and mesmerizing Holi 2014.