Holi also known as festival of colors is a major festival celebrated throughout the length and breadth of the country. It is a much awaited festival in the year and it is welcomed with great joy and zest in every Indian household. The festival is a spring festival. The major highlight of the festival is that on the day of the festival, people follow the age old tradition of playing with colors.

Natural and Herbal Holi Colors:

Holi Colors

Holi Colors

Both men and women of all age groups smear the colored powders on each other’s face and splash colored waters playfully. Traditionally, the colored powders were made of all natural products that had dyeing properties. The use of colors on this auspicious day has a link to Hindu Mythology. According to the mythology, Lord Krishna first played with colors during the festival.

It is believed that Lord Krishna used the colors, because the lord was jealous of the fair complexion of his beloved Radha. Lord Krishna on his mother’s suggestion to smear color on Radha’s face so that her complexion changed, the mischievous lord started playing with colors. This is how the celebration of Holi with colors came into existence and it is been continuing since then.

There are different types of colors used for celebrating the festival. Although, gulal (red colored powder) is the most popular powder, people use other red, green, yellow, purple, blue and other colors. Typically, the colors are dry and scented and are applied on the face. Gulal, being a soft color doesn’t cause stain even when it is mixed with water.

Before, the celebration of playing with colors; it is a tradition to apply tilak on the faces of the old members of the family. Today, most of the colors available in the market are made of chemical substances, they are harsh and can cause skin diseases. Hence, it better to use colors made of natural products so that you can enjoy playing Holi safely.

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Festival of colors universally known as Holi is a very popular Indian festival. The festival of colors is the first festival as per the Hindu calendar. Typically, the festival falls on the full moon day in the moth of Phalgun.

Holi – The Color Festival :

Holi Colors

Holi Colors

The festival of colors spreads great joy throughout the country. Although Holi is the popular name for the festival of colors, people from different parts of India call it by different names. For instance, people in West Bengal celebrate Holi as Dol Yatra, whereas People in Rajasthan call it Gangaur and in Punjab it is known as Hola Mohalla.

However, despite the different names, the festival is celebrated with equal zest and fervor throughout the country.

Traditionally, the festival of colors celebrations is linked to celebrate good harvest and fertility of the land. There are many myths associated with the festival of colors celebrations.

The popular legend is that of the burning of Holika, the wicked sister of the demon, Hiranyakashyap, who was burnt alive for trying to the burn Pralhad, a staunch Lord Vishnu devotee. Since then, it has become a tradition to light a bonfire known as Holika on the night before celebrating the festival with colors.

On the day of Holi, the whole India is painted with different colors. People smear colored powders on their friends and relatives faces. Some people also splash colored water on each other.

Days prior to Holi, the market is filled with myriad of colors of different hues. This aptly sets the festive mood in people’s mind until the actual day of the festival. Both men of women of all age groups, especially the young generation celebrate the festival of color with great joy. The come out in the streets with their faces painted in different colors and dance to the tunes of latest Bollywood tunes.

Festival of colors, truly adds color to every household in India.

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