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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Holi is the brightest and most colorful festival of India. Better known as the festival of colors, Holi helps people to come close to each other and make them forget their differences. Holi is an important Hindu festival and is known to spread love among people.

Holi Celebration In India:

The history of Holi comes from the era of Lord Vishnu’s devotee Prahlad. After several failed chances of killing Prahlad,

Bollywood celebrates Holi

Bollywood Holi

King Hiranyakashipu decided to burn Prahlad and sent his demoness sister Holika. But Holika also died and it marked the beginning of Holi.

Holika Dahan is celebrated one day before the main day of Holi and on this day a bonfire is lit and people gather around the fire to mark the end of evil. Holika Dahan is followed by the festival of color Holi. Holi is celebrated in various ways all over India.

The celebration of Holi in Mathura, Vrindavan is considered to be the most astonishing. Being the birth place of Lord Krishna Mathura has its own tradition and rituals to celebrate the day.

Special puja and custom traditions of Lord Krishna are done on this day and the city is beautifully decorated. Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is known for the Lath Mar Holi. Here in this part women chase their husbands with sticks and men try to save themselves with shields. In other parts of India Holi is celebrated in a common way of throwing colored powders and synthetic colors on known’s and relatives.

Children celebrate the festival by throwing water and colored balloons on people. People sing and dance to the (more…)

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