Hello guys, Colours are one of the important parts of our life. They give us refreshing energy, good thoughts and teaches us to love each other. What happens if these colours bring us a Festival to us?? Yeah, guys indirectly am talking about the “Festival of Colours (Holi)”. It’s one of the Famous festivals of India and Nepal. This festival brings enthusiasm and happiness in everyone’s life. But many of us didn’t know right meaning of this Festival and also the spirit of the legend behind celebrating Holi. Let’s see what’s the Word Holi mean and how it’s important for us.
What is Holi and what doest it mean?
A celebration which signifies victory of good over evil for spreading message of Harmony and Happiness in one’s life.
Holi signifies the arrival of the spring season, end of winter, the victory of good over evil. It’s also known as “Festival of Colors”. Holi is celebrated in the whole country, but what makes it’s special and unique is its spirit which remains same throughout the country or even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated.
Holi is celebrated on Full moon day in the month of Phalgun according to Hindu calendar, And In March according to Gregorian calendar. This Festival is Mainly celebrated in India and Nepal, but from few past years, it has also spread to Europe and America. Holi festival destroys all the discrimination of caste and creeds in society.
Holi brings joy, Peace, enthusiasm and refreshment to everyone’s life. But why is Holi celebrated?? Let’s find out Legends behind celebrating Holi. Holi is a wonderful celebration for bringing the community together and celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
These Are Best Quotes of Holi 2017. Share it With Your Friends, Family & Relatives.
Holi is a special time of year to remember those who are close to our hearts with splashing colors!
Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love.
May God gift you all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship, colors of love and all other colors you want to paint in your life. Happy Holi.
Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness.
Make merry with colors on Holi and the rest of the days with the colors of love.
What is the Story Behind Holi ( Legend )?
Every festival Either it’s religious or national it contains a legend behind it. Holi also had its legend. It is believed that a King named Hiranyakashyap had a son named Prahlad respectively. Prahlad was the prime devotee of Lord Vishnu, and Hiranyakashyap was the rebel and had supernatural powers that he could be neither killed by human or not by animal neither indoor not outdoor, neither by any of the weaponry.
While on the other hand, Prahlad worships Lord Vishnu all the time. Hiranyakashyap tried his best to kill Prahlad, he subjected Prahlad to cruel punishment, but none of them affected the boy. And he remained the devotee of Lord Vishnu after the failure of all the torture Hiranyakashyap summoned his sister Holika who had a cloak which enables her to get recover from fire, while Prahlad was not.
Hiranyakashyap tricked Prahlad with his sister Holika and make him Ready for sitting into pyre with his aunt (Holika). As the fire goes on Holika’s cloak get flew from her and she got burned, but Prahlad escaped from the fire. After depressing from her sister’s death, he decided to kill Prahlad himself, and at that time Lord Vishnu appears to set up Dharma once again in the form of his Narsimha avatar from a Pole. It is believed that Narsimha avatar had half human and half Lion, looking like a destroyer.
Narasimha took Hiranyakashyapu at doorstep ( which is neither indoor not outdoor) and placed him on his lap ( which is neither in the air nor land and water ) and then slaughtered him with claws ( which was not a weapon ). This is the famous Legend behind the festival of Holi. This Famous Legend shows how good wins over evil. Not only Legend but there is a fascinating way to celebrate this Festival of Colors, let’s see how this Festival celebrated??
The procedure of celebration. ( How To Celebrate Holi? )
Every festival has its unique way of celebration for spreading the message of Harmony and Happiness. Same as in Holi, in past days Holi was celebrated by Applying turmeric powder, sandalwood paste, and extracts of flowers and leaves. But in today’s time, people uses Gulal ( colour made from flower extract) and synthetic Colours. The celebration is divided into two segments 1) Morning 2) Evening.
In Morning people play with Colours smear colours on their love ones and make them coloured with your love and affection. Children use water guns named Pichkari for colouring one another with coloured water. Middle aged persons use to dance in a group on the beat of DHOLAK ( instrument having a hard surface and produce beats for dancing ). People used to eat delicious traditional Holi dishes like Thandai ( made of bhang, nuts, milk), Gujiya ( a sweet, delicious dish made of nuts, oats). Holi songs are played, and everyone likes to dance to these songs. People throw colour at each other and remain in the hangover of happiness.
At Evening people visits at their friends and relatives home to congratulate them for a prosperous and healthy life. Children take blessings from elders, exchange sweets and snacks. Every moment of Holi is full of joy and harmony. People enjoys their evening time with loved ones, exchanges hugs and well wishes with friends family and relatives to maintain the spirit of brotherhood. Songs continued to be played, and people dance with each other in a very stupendous evening. Holi is a full day enjoying the festival.
Precautions To Be Taken For Safer Skin In Holi
- While playing holi, it’s crucial not to drink wine or other alcoholic beverages because it can cause harmful effects on your body and you also can harm others either you want or not.
- Use of synthetic Colours must be avoided as much as you can because it contains harmful chemical and can cause you diseases like skin rashes, itch problems, etc.
- Avoid fighting with drunken ones because they can harm you worst. They don’t have control on their minds.
- Use Gulal colours of Pink and red colour which looks good and easily washable. Yellow, purple, grey colours contain chemical hence should be avoided.
- Try to save yourself off from all possible attacks on the face. In case your such attempts fail, keep your eyes and lips tightly shut if you are attacked on your face.
- Don’t Drink and Drive while you are high on Bhang and alcoholic beverages.
Effects & Impacts of Holi on Our Environment
In Holi, people throw a lot of water which is essential for living beings. Avoid the use of watered balloons; it contains polymer and water which cause a serious impact on herbs and shrubs. Wood fired on Holi Eve produces lots of smoke that contains carbon monoxide and sulphur which is harmful to Environment.
Excessive use of potable water for colouring each other can cause serious scarcity of water at future, so it is advised to avoid that kinda stuffs. Celebrate Holi by Applying Gulal or any other natural colour and spreading Harmony and Happiness Avoid water pollution as much as you can. In Holi loud music and DHOLAK produces loud sound it causes noise Pollution. This is harmful to infants and old aged people. It’s a humble request to Celebrate Holi in an Eco-friendly way.
Happy Holi Guys we wish you a very Joyful and the Prosperous Holi. Till then Stay Fit, Stay Happy, Be safe and keep Reading My Post.