HOLI-FESTIVAL OF COLOURS
Festival Of Colours
Holi is a Hindu spring festival, formulate from the Indian subcontinent, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, but it was also spread to other areas of the Asian continent and parts of the Western regions through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. It is further known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in March every year. It is a delightful and fun festival everyone chases everyone else around and throwing brightly colored powder called GULAL and also colored water over each other. People also dance and folk songs are sung as everyone celebrates the joy of Holi.
Why hold celebrated?
The main story behind why Hindu’s celebrate Holi is that many long years ago there lived a dishonest and hypocritical evil king who was called Hiranyakashyapu. He had a desire for power and wanted to be secure, so he prayed long and hard and did severe self-abasement until Lord Brahma granted his prayers and come into sight before him. Hiranyakashyapu said Lord Brahma his request that he wanted to be made never-ending but Lord Brahma decline to grant his wish and told Hiranyakashyapu to wish some other else.
Hiranyakashyapu then requested to lord Brahma that.
- He could not be executed in the water, in the air or on land;
- He could not be performed outside or indoors;
- He could not be accomplished by any armament, whether it was human-made or God-made; and eventually.
- He could not be killed through the day or at night.
Lord permitted these wishes, and soon after, Hiranyakashyapu started to believe that he was in safe and more powerful than God. He established that people should worship him instead of God. Everyone bowed down to the rules of this evil ruler but only one child. That child was none another than Hiranyakashyapu’s own boy, Prahlad. He was a devotee of Lord Vishnu and not award to pray to anyone else. He continued to pray to Lord Vishnu with true devotion and this effect furious the King who commanded that his son should be eliminated. He attempted to kill Prahlad so many times, including driving him off a cliff and push him in a rattlesnake pit but Prahlad would chant Lord Vishnu’s name and would appear undamaged.
Eventually, Hiranyakashyapu called against his sister Holika. Holika had been granted a divine cloth which meant that she could not be destroyed by fire if it had been dressed around her. Together, Hiranyakashyapu and Holika both made up a plan in which to kill Prahlad once and for all. They lit a large bonfire and Holika held Prahlad on her lap with the fabric around herself and not Prahlad so that she would remain and Prahlad would burn. Suddenly, a gust of breeze blew the cloth off Holika’s shoulders and onto Prahlad’s, who did sitting in flames chanting the title of Lord Vishnu. Therefore Holika was flamed to ashes, but Prahlad was not injured at all. Thus, good triumphed over sin and it is this which we celebrate on Holi. Sometimes, the midnight before, a bonfire is lit and Holika is burnt to show this.
As for Hiranyakashyapu, he was killed by Narasimha, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. Narsimha was half man, half lion (neither beast nor a man. He broke out of a pillar in the palace at twilight (neither morning nor night), dragged Hiranyakashyapu to the threshold (neither indoors nor outdoors), lay him on his lap (neither on earth, nor in the sky), and killed him by ripping his chest apart with his claws (not a armament). We celebrate Holi with colors to show the start of spring as it was also believed that Lord Krishna would often throw shade and water on the gopikas (milkmaids) at the beginning of spring.
Scientific reason behind celebrating holi
The transition period between summer and winter induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body.when holika is burnt,temperature of the nearby area rises.When people go around the bonfire, the heat kills the bacteria in the body and atmosphere thereby cleansing it.Applying a mix ash,sandal wood paste on the forehead and consuming a mix of young mango leaves and flowers is believed to promote good health.These remedies counter laziness, lethargy caused due to the change in weather. Loud music,bright colours and dance helps rejuvenate the human body. Playing with colour powders made from natural source has a healing effect on the human body.It has the effect of strengthening ions in the body and adds to its health and beauty
Holi celebrations start from the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious customs and traditions in front of the bonfire, and prayed to god that their intrinsic evil be defeated the way Holika, the sister of the dishonest and hypocritical king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the evidence of fire. The following morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi — a fighting festival of colors, where people splotch each other with colors and wet each other. Water guns and water-filled bags are also used to play each other and wash each other. Everyone and Anyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children, and elders. The move in a comfortable and lively way, fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups of people carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends, and enemies to throw colored powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food, and liquids. Some common drinks include Bhang(made from cannabis), which is intoxicating. In that evening, after sobering up, people wear up and visit friends and relatives.