411. Holi

Festivals are a welcome relief from the humdrum and monotony of everyday existence. One such festival is Holi. Holi is the festival of colors and is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun as per the Hindu calendar. It generally corresponds to the month of March in the English Calendar.

Holi, the festival of colours was celebrated not only across the country but around the world.  The day is usually happily spent in the company of friends, family and loved ones. While smearing each other in vibrant colours form a huge part of enjoying the festival, gorging on sumptuous snacks  also form an equally important part of the celebrations.

The burning of heaps of wood and/or cakes of cow-dung on the full-moon night of Phalguna month is known as Holika bonfire.  Lord Vishnu appeared as half-man, half-lion and killed Hiranyakashyap at dusk, on his porch steps. A Holika bonfire is lit every year to remind us of the victory of good over evil. Holi is celebrated on the day after the bonfire.

The festival 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 and for Holi gifts as well.  It is said that as a child, Sri Krishna was envious of Radha’s fair complexion, so when he complained about this to his mother, Yashodha, she playfully told him that he could color Radha’s face with whatever color he liked, which he did. Holi also celebrates their love for each other with the color red.

Happy Holi.


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