Celebrating the spirit of Holi

Holi-A festival of colors celebrated all over India with extreme fervor and enthusiasm. Appellated as ‘Dhuli’ in Sanskrit, Holi is amongst the widely celebrated festivals of India. It is celebrated in the month of March (Phalgun Purnima) every year. Holi falls on March 8, this year. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil. With colors all over, Holi reflects the spirit of oneness amongst the masses. Holi Dahan or the victory of Prahalada over demoness Holika is commemorated with lighting of bonfires on the eve of this festival.

On this day the celebrations are vivacious and unconfined. People of all age, caste and creed come together and create a vibrant ambiance. To obliterate all sorrows and converging with the joy of celebration is the true spirit of Holi. Though the origin of this festival is accredited to numerous legends, one such prominent legend is that Lord Krishna is believed to have played Holi with Radha as a show of Love. Holi is thus celebrated with ardency, delivering the message of joy and compassion to the world. From Bengal, Orissa, Bihar to Maharashtra and Gujrat, the essence of festivity remains the same.

‘Pichkaris’ and water balloons bathe people in color and exhibit the ardor of Holi. A colorful ‘Holi’day is what adds even more joy to this festival. Street shops showcase all possible dynamic colors and innovative ‘Pichkari Guns’ without which the celebration is incomplete. Now days, use of natural colors has gained popularity over synthetic colors for its innocuous effect on skin and the surrounding as well. With the concern for ecological impacts at large, celebrations focus enjoyment without harming the environment. Holi celebrations were actually of medicinal significance. In the earlier times, colors were made of natural ingredients like Turmeric, Neem, Kumkum and Bilva. The mixture was chromatic at the same time possessed medicinal value. During the spring season vulnerability to ailment is quite high. Playing Holi with natural colors administered protection to this susceptibility, explaining the underlying motive of celebrating Holi.

Colors of Holi

With the preparation of mouth-watering delicacies, Holi becomes a festival of endless merriment. Holi also brings with it the tradition of drinking ‘Bhang’, an intoxicated beverage. This adds more spice and flavor to the festival. Not a single soul can escape the festive fever. Even if you say ‘No’, you will end up getting drenched in color, get hit with water balloons and become overwhelmed with wishes of ‘Happy Holi’. A feeling of delight will take over when you realize how exulted people are while celebrating this festival. Children thoroughly enjoy this festival and look upon it with the same excitement as grown-ups do. Adults derive immense pleasure watching little children play with colors.

Holi is regarded as a joyous occasion for exchanging gifts and greetings with our dear ones. With the most creative gifts in town, Holi is no more just a festival of colors. From sweets to savories, this festival celebration has it all. Holi embraces a feeling of brotherhood and infuses a sense of bonding amongst fellow beings. Holi is not just about color, its more about connecting socially with different communities that come together under a single roof on the eve of Holi. Holi is a festival wherein even foes become friends and rejoice in unanimity.

Holi celebrations will find fulfillment only when one realizes the true significance of this festival. Dispersal of joy while getting rid of futile thoughts is what Holi is all about. Free yourself from the clutches of a colorless droning atmosphere and take a plunge into the prismatic and colorful world of Holi.

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