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 :

Legends of Radha-Krishna

Legends of Radha-Krishna

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.

Cultural Significance:

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.

Social significance:

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.

Biological significance:

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.

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Holi is a festival celebrated with great fanfare in India, though India isn’t the only place where Holi is celebrated. Holi is celebrated in many countries all over the world, though it was originated in India. It is one of the oldest festivals that is being celebrated in the country, and is celebrated even today with great excitement.

The Legend of Holi :

Like almost all the festivals celebrated in India, even Holi has a legend behind its celebration; in fact Holi has more than one legend

Shri Narsingh Jayanti

God Narsingh - Prahlad Story

justifying it. The popular legend is about the story of Prahlad. Prahlad was a young and devout devotee of lord Vishnu, but his father disliked the fact and was opposed to Prahlad. He tried different ways to kill Prahlad, and in his efforts he asked his sister, holika to kill Prahlad.

Holika was immune to burns of fire and so she sat with Prahlad on a bonfire, thinking that Prahlad would be burned down to ashes. That was not to be and holika, who was supposed to be immune, got burned to death instead and Prahlad walked out unscathed. Because of this Holi is regarded as festival marking the triumph of good over evil. This is the reason why people burn bonfire while celebrating Holi, thus symbolising the triumph of Good.

Holi is also a celebration of love between Radha and Krishna, and is celebrated with lot many customs and traditions in many part of the country. Especially in barsana, the celebration of Holi is unique in a way that they symbolise the love between Lord Krishna and Radha.

The kind of Holi celebrated over here is called as Lath-maar Holi, which is celebrated in literal sense of the name. In Bihar too Holi is celebrated with divine love of Radha Krishna as the theme. Palanquins are taken out with their idols and devotees sing and dance around it, celebrating the colourful festivals with colours.

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