Holi the Color Festival :

Colors play a significant role in everyday life. Colors are spread everywhere around a person all through his life. But the true meaning of colors can only be seen during the festival of Holi. Holi is the festival of colors and is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm.

The importance of the festival lies in the fact that during the festival, people forget all their differences and celebrate Holi with brotherhood.

Festivals are an important part of Indian culture and Holi being an important Hindu festival has its own significance. The festival of Holi is connected to Lord Krishna and is celebrated with utmost zeal in parts of Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and other places related with birth of Lord Krishna. There are basically 2 types of Holi celebrated each year. One is the choti Holi and is also known as Holika Dahan, on this day bonfires are lit at various places as a symbol of burning away the evil.

Holika Dahan is celebrated because according to old myths it was on this day that Prahlad, devotee of Lord Vishnu escaped near death and Holika the evil got burned in fire. On the following day of Holika Dahan, Holi is celebrated in which people apply colors on each other’s faces. The celebration of Holi starts even 1 month before the festival and children throw water balloons and spray colors. On the day of Holi family members, neighbor and friends and relatives all gather to throw Gullal (colored powder) on each other.

It is celebrated at the end of the winter season (mid of March) and marks the beginning of summer season. The festival of Holi is a colorful event and it helps in bringing people close to each other and sends a message of love and peace to all.

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Holi festival is observed on the full moon day that called Purnima in the Phalgun month. It is celebrated such as a colorful occasion and with a massive vivacity and exhilaration.

On the next day of the Holi festival, Dhulandi or Gulal festival is celebrated by the people. It is a festival of colors. Many legends or myths are there related with holi festival. A most significant myth has linked with Hiranyakashyap.

A Myth Related With Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad :

Holika and Prahlad

Holika and Prahlad

He was a very brutal demon king who observed himself as a most powerful god. He pressurized people to worship to him otherwise he will kill them. People were frightened from his nasty behavior. So, people worshiped him with fear. But his son was a true follower of lord Narayana.

His name was Bhakta Prahlad. Hiranyakashyap made many efforts to convince his son Prahlad but all were useless. At last Hiranyakashyap decided to kill Prahlad. He called his sister to kill Prahlad. Her name was Holika. She had blessed that the fire was not dangerous for her.  (more…)

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