Holi Festival in Maharashtra:
Holi, the festival of colours is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Maharashtra, and played with grandeur by the people of the state. The legend has it that during Holi celebration jijabai, daughter of Lakhooji Jadhav innocently splashed coloured water and threw colour on Shahaji, son of Malajirao Bhowale. Taking it as an auspicious event, the two were engaged, and later married when they came of age. These couple then gave birth to the great Maratha warrior and founder of Maratha Empire, Shivaji.
Be it burning of the Holikas, or playing with colours, the festival of Holi is celebrated in Maharashtra with great devotion and fun. Play with colours is reserved for Rangpanchami, which comes five days after Phalgun Poornima. On the day prior to the full moon day of Phalgun poornima, a bonfire and effigy of demoness Holika is burnt symbolizing the victory of good over evil. The story symbolizes the prevalence of bhakt prahlad, who was saved due to his devotion towards Lord Vishnu.
The state of Maharashtra also gets its unique Holi flavour with the delicacies such as Puran Poli, which is basically roti made of jaggery and wheat. Besides people drink sugarcane juice and feed children with watermelons that are in season. It is a festival to share happiness, and celebrate love, and people of Maharashtra do full justice to it. Be it burning of the Holikas, or playing with colours, the festival of Holi is celebrated in Maharashtra with great devotion and fun.
Holi has spread from Maharashtra to some other states too, one being Himachal Pradesh, where the festival was taken by the Maratha warriors. Thus people of Himachal Pradesh owe it to Maharashtra, who brought such a beautiful festival to them. The tradition grows with the passing year and the number of people involved increases, thus spreading smiles to more faces, and getting them coloured with colours.