Holi is an ancient and traditional festival of India and people follow all the rituals of this festival every year with full enthusiasm and care.

Holi Preparations:

Holi preparations get start so many days before the festival and people starts collecting pieces of wood for the lightning of bonfire called ‘Holika Dahan’.

Holika Dahan celebrations:

Holika Dahan takes place on the eve of Holi and there is a mythological story of Prahlad, king Hiranyakashyap and Holika behind the lightning of this bonfire. This celebration symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

Color playing:

Holi Colors

Holi Colors

Next day of Holika dahan is the main day of Holi celebrations. This day is called as ‘Dhulandi’. This day is for enjoyment and people used to play with colors on this day. They throw colors and colored water on each other and enjoy the festival to the fullest. Colored water is thrown with the use of pichkari. There is no tradition of holding puja on this day.

Tradition of playing colors is more popular in northern part of India and there is no comparison of Holi celebrations in Vrindavan and Mathura.

It is also a tradition to dance on the beat of dholak and to sing the bollywood Holi songs. It increases the fun of the festival.

Gujiya, malpuas and mathri are some traditional Holi delicacies and people love to eat all these things on the day of Holi. It is also a tradition to drink thandai and bhang on this Holi day. Bhang helps to enhance the fun of festival but it must be taken in limited quantity.

After enjoying the whole day, people visit their friends and relatives in the evening and exchange sweets and gifts with

them. Various cultural organizations also organize special Holi get together to increase unity and harmony in the society.

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