Holi Celebration & Reason Behind It
Holi is one of the major festivals of Hindus. It is mainly celebrated in South Asian countries like India and Nepal. Holi is the festival of colours. The festival is celebrated for two to three days. People play with colored water pouring on each other. They cook and eat many types of sweets and other foods. Every year holi is celebrated in the spring season because it welcomes spring season. Hindus believe that spring is full of colours so they spray coloured water on each other.
STORY BEHIND HOLI
Holi is based on a King Hiranyakashapu. Hiranyakashyapu had a son, Prahlad. Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted to kill his son because prahalad was a huge devotee of lord vishnu and he used to chant lord vishnu’s shlokas and praise lord vishnu. His father fed up trying to change prahalad. Then he called his sister, Holika who has a magic robe. This robe had the super power to save people from burning in fire. Hiranyakashyap ordered his sister to sit in a burning fire along with Prahlad. He thought that his sister would not be mistreat by the fire because of the magical robe and Prahlad would be blaze to death. But the result was quite opposite to what the wicked devil king planned.
As he believed that, no one can harm the person who has God as his saviour. Thus Prahlad came out of the burning fire safely and Holika died in the burning flames. The other day is celebrated with joyful colours to make the victory of virtue and goodness over evil.
The festival is celebrated for five days. The 5th day, Rang Panchami, marks the closing day of the Holi festival
PREPARATION FOR HOLI FESTIVEL
9 Ways to Prepare for Holi Festival!
- Put on your worst clothes. That goes without saying!
- Cover your eyes and hair (and your beard, too).
- Use ear plugs/ear muffs/wool.
- Cover your entire body in oil.
- Have some chewing gum.
- Leave expensive things at home.
- Don’t count on the police too much.
- If you cannot beat them, join them!
- Have a fun and joy.
PLACES FAMOUS FOR HOLI CELEBRATIONS
The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan is extremely famous throughout the country. It attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. These are the popular places to celeberate holi in India and also famous Places to visit nearer to Delhi.
According to notorious person, the tradition of playing colors on Holi originated from the expressive love of Radha and Krishna. A colourful and musical moments takes place from the temples to river then to the Holi Gate, where the festival is maintained. On Holi, the best place to celebrate the colors is Mathura in Dwarkadheesh Temple.
The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is hosting a week long of Holi celebrations. The occasion here takes place just a day before the main Holi festival. On that day temple opens up its doors to all the visitors to come ,enjoy and play Holi.
SCIENTIFIC REASON BEHIND HOLI FESTIVEL
Holi is played in the Spring Season which is a period between end of winter and advent of summer. The period induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt in the fire , the temperature of the nearby areas increases around the 50-60 degree Celsius. By following the tradition, in ancient times when people perform Parikrama the heat coming from the bonfire kills the bacteria in the body and cleanses it.
In some parts of the country, after burning of Holika people put ash on their heads and also mix Chandan paste of sandal wood with the young neem leaves and flowers of the Mango tree and take head bath. It is believed to have a good health.
This is the time, when people get the feelings of the tardiness. This is quite natural way for the body to experiences some tardiness because of sudden change in the weather from cold temperature to the hot temperature in the atmosphere. To counter this laziness, people sing Songs and dances with Dhol, Manjira and other traditional instruments. This helps in reactivating the human body. Their movement while playing with the holi colours also helps in this process.
SPECIAL DISHES ON HOLI DAY
Holi festival with traditional foods and drinks, including sweet spiced milk and buttery flat bread. The Hindu religious festival holi is all about colors, but it is also an excuse to eat foods that awaken the senses and keep your spirits high.
Holi is incomplete without these traditional recipes. Have a look! Made with uradii duals and moongii dals, this Holi dish is basically deep fried that are soaked with thick yogurt and topped with red chilli, chat masala and garlic powder along with the juice of tamarind chutney.
BAD EFFECTS OF HOLI FESTIVAL ON ENVIRONMENT
No doubt holi is one of the important festivals widely celebrated in India but it has some bad effects on the environment. Let’s read them one by one:
As per tradition, in celebration of Holika Dahan which means bonfire which contribute to deforestation. During Holi festival Co2, Caco3, because of this chemicals air quality decreases and toxic substances increases in the air. Also on this prosperous day participants also burn with the fireworks. And this fireworks mainly releases the harmful gases and toxic substances into the air which can be measured by the Aerometer.
Burning fire crackers not only releases harmful gases but also damages moisture in the air. In this festival people like to celebrate with colours while dancing, they use loudspeakers with high volume of sounds, loud musical instruments which maintains the high volume of sound that cause noise pollution. This type of noise pollution can be dangerous for babies and also to the old people.
Water pollution is considered as one of the major effects of Holi festival. Currently, in India all cities are facing water shortage. On this day, people celebrate holi by throwing buckets of water on each other, children throw water balloons with holi colours at each other which must be questionable by environmentalists. Also by plastics covers, balloons can block the entire drainage system of the cities, towns and villages.
Effects caused by harmful Chemicals
In earlier days Holi is celebrated by utilizing the organic colours made from flowers and leaves. But now-a-days, due to highly commercial way of Holi festival many companies started manufacturing chemicals which prepares colours using highly toxic substances. They do not decrease the under natural conditions and cannot be retaken by conventional waste water treatment methods.
In recent study it is found that all types of chemicals are being prepared by colours which are harmful to our skin. It may contain pbo, cuso4, Al, Br, C18Fe7N18, Hgs etc.
Many holi colours causes Asthma which cause lungs diseases, skin irritation, rashes, body swelling, allergy which also affects our sense organs.
ALTERNATE WAYS TO CELEBRATE HOLI
- Also we can reduce the size of “Holika Dahan” which means bonfire so that we can save some trees to reduce effects of Holi festival.
- We can avoid using loudspeakers to reduce noise pollution so that infants and senior citizens have low impact on health.
- To celebrate Eco-friendly Holi, first of all we need to make our colours Eco-friendly. We can create colours by using fruits and flowers at home. Also we can distribute in our friends so that they won’t buy chemically prepared colours.
- In recent years, India is facing drought in many cities. In that case playing with the Holi water is completely a bad idea. Lots of water is being wasted during the time of Holi festival. We can reduce using of water by celebrating waterless Holi i.e., by avoiding throwing of plastic bags and balloons filled with water, all must use carpet before celebrating the Holi as it becomes easier to clean floor hence minimal wastage of water is done.
HAPPY HOLI MY DEAR FRIENDS ENJOY THE DAY WITH FULL OF HAPPINESS