Holi, the festival of colors is celebrated in the month of Phalgun (Indian Calendar) on the full moon day. It is a spring festival and it welcomed all overIndiawith gaiety. People celebrate the festival for the good harvest for the season and pray for better harvest next year and for the fertility of the soil.

Holi Holiday :

The festival of Holi holds a prominent place in the Indian Mythology. People of celebrate the day as the day of triumph of good over the evil. The festival bridges the social gap, it discards the social discrimination and provides an opportunity for new relationships to blossom. On this auspicious day, it is a old age tradition that people visit their family friend and relatives and hug each other and greet each other saying Happy Holi. The youngsters greet the elders by touch their feet and seek blessings from them. This age old tradition is upheld even in today’s modern times.

The Holi celebration begins form the night before the actual day of the festival. On the eve of the Holi, it is tradition to illuminate a bornfire. The following morning, people play with colors and smear colored powders on each other’s faces. People even play with water mixed with colors, they are splashed all over with a Pichkari (Syringe).

All schools and colleges remain closed on the festival day. Even the office remains closed. The National government has recognized the Holi festival as a national festival and officially has declared it a National Holiday.

The children welcome the Holi Holiday with great joy. The parents give them the free hand to play. The children play in the streets with their faces smeared in the colors and dancing to the tunes of loud music, which are played everywhere. The Holi Holidays gives everybody a chance to enjoy with their family and visit their friends and relative and exchange pleasantries. Every year the Holi Holidays are eagerly awaited and spread joy everywhere.

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Holi is one of the major festivals celebrated with great joy and zest throughout the length and breadth of the country. The festival also known as the festival of colors typically occurs on the full moon day of the Hindu month, Phalgun, which is the month of March as per the English calendar.

Holi Festival of Colors :

The Holi Festival is known by different names in different regions of the country. In the eastern regions of the country, in West Bengal and Orrisa it is celebrated as Dol Yatra. In Rajasthan it is known as Gangaur and in Punjab it is known as Hola Mohalla. Although, the festival is known by different names, it is celebrated with equal spirit.

The Holi festival marks the onset of the spring season. It also indicates the harvest season, farmers through the country welcome the festive season and offer a prayer to god to thank for the rich harvest and pray for fertile soil for the next season.

Days before the start of the holi festival the entire county is abuzz with festive spirit. The market place is busy with several activities, people shop for new clothes and sweets. Heaps of colors of different hues is raked up on stall all over the market.

The holi festival celebrations start with the burning of the bonfire on the night before the festival. Legend has it that the bonfire is lit to symbolize the victory of good over evil. According to the story Hiranyakashyap, the wicked King tried to kill his own son Pralhad by setting him on the fire by making him sit on the lap of his sister Holika, who was immune to fire. However, Holika was burned to ash while Pralhad came out unscathed. This age old tradition is still followed even in today’s modern times.

The next day people smear their faces with colors and indulge in sweet treat and Bhang a special drink made on this day.

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