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 (more…)

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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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