Rangapanchami is one of the most celebrated festivals in India, and has been celebrated in the country for centuries. Also known as Holi, this festival is celebrated in almost all part of India, and also in some other countries too.
The beauty of Holi is that you can play without any restrictions, enjoying yourself to the core. There is a great enthusiasm and excitement in the people for celebrating Holi.
Holi Rangapanchami :
It is celebrated by burning Holika, bonfire, on the eve of the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalgun. And the festival of colors is played on the fifth day following the full moon day, marking the end of the festive season.
The name rangapanchami literally means, play of colors on the fifth day and thus signifies the use of colours in the festival. While the burning of the Holika signifies the triumph of good over evil, the play of colours signifies the pranks lord Krishna used to play with gopies.
The play with colors forms an integral part of the festival and gives the festival that unique feel of unrestrained fun. People drench each other with colored waters, and in some places only dry color gulal is used, this is done to reduce wastage of water. There is lots of dancing and singing, with devotees loosing themselves in the festivities, singing songs of devotion towards Radha Krishna. And while the singing and dancing is on, they color each other with gulal and abeer.
This festival which is played at the end of winter also marks the beginning of the summer season in India. In other countries it is celebrated for its theme of triumph of good over evil. The diversity of this festival can be noted by the fact that this festival is played