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 very traditional festival of India and people celebrate this festival with full enthusiasm. It is celebrated on the day of fhalgun purnima according to Hindu calendar. Holi pooja is done on the day before holi festival. This day is called as ‘choti holi’ and pooja is called as ‘Holika Dahan’. Holi is the day of celebrations and colors, so there is no tradition of any special pooja to be performed on this day. Holika Dahan is considered to be the major holi pooja on the festival of holi. Holika Dahan is the lightning of bonfires to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Rituals of Holi and Holi pooja process:

Preparations of holi pooja start almost 40 days before the holi festival. Gathering of wood is done by people and they throw these pieces of wood on every crossroad of the city. This pooja of Holika Dahan takes place on the evening of ‘choti holi’. People do this pooja very traditionally and with complete faith in God.

Here are some important steps of holi pooja:
  1. Holi can be performed on any crossroad of the city.
  2. On the day of vasant panchami, a log of wood is kept on these crossroads.
  3. To covert this log into a large heap, people throw twigs, branches of tress, dry leaves and so many other combustible materials on this log.
  4. On the day of holi pooja, people place statues of Holika and Prahlad on the top of this heap.
  5. Statue of Holika is made of combustible material while statue of Prahlad is made of non-flammable material.
  6. On the evening of ‘choti holi’, this heap is set to fire and people sing Rakshoghna mantra of Rig Veda to keep away evil spirits.
  7. On the next morning, people collect the remaining ashes of holika dahan as these ashes are considered to be Prasad of holi festival.

In different communities, holi pooja is done in different manner. For example, in Marwari community, women perform (more…)

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