The legend:

Holi Colors

Holi Colors

Once there was a devil king Hiranyakashyap who got victory over the earth. He was very rude and wanted to be worshiped by all people in his kingdom. But unfortunately, his son Prahlad became a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and denied to worship him.

The king tried to kill Prahlad in several ways but he did not get success. Every time, Prahlad got saved by the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Then the king ordered his sister Holika to enter into a blistering fire by taking Prahlad on her lap. Holika was blessed with a boon that no fire could harm her.

Then, according to king’s wish, Holika sat in blazing fire with Prahlad on her lap. But she forgot that the boon was working only when she enter into the fire alone. So, this time Holika lost her life and Prahlad who was taking the name of Lord Vishnu continuously came out of fire safely. So, festival of Holi got its name from Holika and it is celebrated as the day of victory of good over evil.

Celebration of Legend:

Today also, people celebrate the victory of Prahlad on the Holi day and ignite a bonfire named Holika. It is a tradition to throw cow dungs into this bonfire.

This tradition is very famous in north India and is also followed in Gujrat and Orrisa with full devotion. Here, people deliver their gratefulness to God Agni by offering stalks and grams.

It is a tradition to take little fire from the bonfire to home as it is believed that this fire will keep people away from all diseases.

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Legends of Radha-Krishna

Legends of Radha-Krishna

India is a culturally diverse country and you will find people following so many different cultures in this country. Holi is a very popular festival of India and is celebrated with different names in different states of India. People follow so many different traditions on holi festival and you will get to know about the different ways of celebrations of this festival when you go from one state to other.

Holi is celebrated with full enthusiasm all over the country but it is very popular in places associated with birth and childhood of Lord Krishna like Matura and Banaras. At Banaras, holi is named as ‘Lathmaar holi’. Here, men of Nandgaon come to play holi with women of Banaras and so, these women give tough competition to them. Women try to beat them and dress them into female apparel.

Traditions of Holi Festival:

People play with colors and apply colors on their loves ones. It is very enjoyable to throw colored water on each other using water jet called pichkari. This day is also called as Dhulandi Holi.

One other interesting tradition that is followed on this day is breaking the pot. It is a very popular tradition in states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In this tradition, a pot filled with buttermilk is hung high on the streets. Men try to break this pot by making a huge pyramid and women try to break this pyramid by throwing colored water. While doing this, women also sing holy folk songs.

In Bengal, holi festival is celebrated in very different manner. People of Bengal celebrate the festival of holi as ‘spring festival’ or ‘Basant Utsav’. In Punjab, Sikhs celebrate this festival as Hola Mohalla and display their military skills and physical strength. In Manipur, people celebrate this festival for six days in a very colorful manner and Manipuri dance ‘Tabal Chonga’ is the highlight of holi festival in this state.

There are so many more ways in which holi is celebrated. People love to eat so many special delicious foods like pakoras, gunjia, malpuas, dahi badas, etc. It is also a tradition to consume intoxicating bhang on this day.

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