The Hindu festival of Holi marks the end of Winter and beginning of Spring.
It is also the day to forgive your enemies and let go of all grudges.
Celebrate Holi with vibrant colours .. Every day needs to be colorful, but seldom it is. So, stock up for a whole year! Happy Holi !!
May your life be filled with happiness and may you be successful in whatever you do.
Wishing all my friends and family… a very Happy Holi..
Play with safe colours….
One should not only burn pieces of wood to lit fire on the occasion of Holi होलिका दहन… But burn Ego, Hatred, Laziness, Bad Thoughts, Jealousy… and lit the Flame of Happiness and Love…!!
Holi ( होली ), also known as the “festival of colours”, is an Indian spring festival celebrated all across the Indian subcontinent as well as in countries with large Indian subcontinent diaspora populations such as Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mauritius, and Fiji. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.
Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours
Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance.
People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some customary drinks include bhang (made from cannabis), which is intoxicating.In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family
Holi, the festival of colours marks the victory of the good over the evil. It teaches us lessons about the greatness of God, God alone is the Supreme Truth, Devotion to God has tremendous powers. Faith can create miracles. Ego, pride, anger, hatred and jealousy will ruin mankind.
Story of Holi.. Holika goes like this :
Prahlada was born to demon king Hiranyakashipu and his wife Kayadu. While he was in his mother’s womb, he had heard about the greatness of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu was a tyrant of sorts who had been granted a boon that made him invincible. According to the boon, he couldn’t be killed either by a man or an animal; he couldn’t be killed either during the day or at night; he couldn’t be killed neither on land nor up in the air; he couldn’t be killed neither indoors nor outdoors and by weapons made by man. He relished the fact that none could kill him. He detested other’s spiritual inclination and hence forced his subjects to chant his name.
On learning that his own son Prahlada was spiritually inclined towards Lord Vishnu, he made several attempts to dissuade him. He tried to poison his son, get him trampled by elephants and made various attempts to eliminate him. But Prahlada survived even the deadliest of attacks. So Hiranyakashipu reached out to his sister Holika who was granted a boon that could save her from fire. He made Prahlada sit on her lap as she occupied a pyre that was meant to be burnt. Prahlada survived but Holika was reduced to ashes despite the boon. Hiranyakashipu couldn’t believe his eyes. But a tyrant that he was, he refused to surrender to his son Prahlada’s devotion for Lord Vishnu. He dared the little boy to prove God was omnipresent. He asked if God existed in the pillar of his palace. The little boy confidentially said “yes”. In a fit of rage, Hiranyakashipu broke the pillar with his mace and to his horror found a half-man-half-lion being pouncing on him ferociously.
It was Lord Vishnu in his Narasimha avatar. He held Hiranyakashipu on his lap, tore his torso apart with his nails at twilight on the threshold of a courtyard thereby killing the demon king.
The Holi festival has a cultural significance among various Hindu traditions of the Indian subcontinent. It is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. People pay or forgive debts, as well as deal anew with those in their lives. Holi also marks the start of spring, for many the start of the new year, an occasion for people to enjoy the changing seasons and make new friends.