Festival of Holi has a special significance in our lives. It is a festival of colors and happiness but other than this, there are so many things that make Holi very important for us. Holi has mythological, social, cultural, biological and religious significance in everyone’s life and that’s why we celebrate Holi with full enthusiasm and enjoyment.
Mythological significance of Holi :
Holi celebration is associated with so many mythological legends. First legend is about king Hiranyakshyap and his son Prahlad. According to this legend, Hiranyakshyap and his sister Holika tried to kill Prahlad by taking him into fire because Prahlad was worshiping Lord Vishnu.
But with the blessings of Lord Vishnu, Prahlad came from fire safely and Holika died. It was the victory of good over evil. So, tradition of bonfire called ‘Holika Dahan’ came from this legend.
Legend of Radha and Krishna is related to the tradition of color playing on Holi. Krishna used to play colors with Radha and other gopis. So, now people used to play colors in love of Lord Krishna.
Some other legends like death of Pootna and legend of Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva are also associated with the festival of Holi.
All the legends related to Holi tell about the victory of good over evil. So, in this modern world, festival of Holi teaches people to have good conduct and to become honest and truthful. People also get to know about Indian culture.
On the festival day, people play colors with each other and in evening they used to visit friends and relatives and exchange sweets and gifts. So, this festival brings people closer and sometime enemies become friends on this day.
Holi promotes good health of people. Colors of Holi give strength to ions in the body and make body more beautiful. Bonfire of Holika Dahan kills all the bacteria in the atmosphere which have good effect on people’s health.