Holi, popularly known as the festivals of colors, one of the most vibrant festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, is a time when we forget our past differences and come together as one, inching towards a colorful year ahead.
Holi is generally celebrated on two days the 1stday where the holikas burnt along with all our sorrows and negative vibes. History dates back to the old times when Prahlad, the son of the then influential and renowned king, prayed and believed in lord Vishnu more than he did in his father’s power. In anguish and vengeance, his father attempted to kill him, but the love of the mighty lord saved his life each time.
But one fine morning the king made him sit on his sister’s lap and set fire. As fate had in store, the king’s sister had a boon of being resistant to fire. The tables turned and Prahlad came out of the fire safe and his aunt burned down into ashes.
Thus the people burn the fire and along with it burn all their sorrows in it and start their lives with a fresh and positive spirit. Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other Gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities.
Mythology also states that Holi is the celebration of death of ogress Pootana who tried to kill infant Krishna by feeding him poisonous milk but the lord’s power lies beyond one’s imagination and she failed to fulfill her intentions
The 2nd day of the festival is where all the people irrespective of the age group, come together and smear each other’s faces with exuberant colors, these days the same being organic and skin friendly. Evenings witness parties, music and lots of savouries organised in buildings and housing colonies with rain dances and several such fun-filled activities. Not to forget, the holi speciality intoxicating drink- Bhanng. The drink is an extract of female Canabbis plant and is said to have several natural healing properties. Lord Shiva was an avid Bhaang consumer.
Holi is just another traditional festival post the harvesting season in the country that brings out the color of springs alive. Hence, get together, play, have fun yet stay very safe. Wishing my readers a very happy and prosperous holi.