Wish you all a very happy and safe Holi 2018!
When is Holi?
Holi, which is also referred to as the ‘Festival of Colors’ is almost upon us. Commencing this March 1st, 2018, people from all around the world will unite over the two days holiday to welcome the season of Spring and to celebrate Holi.
One of the most colorful and joyful of Hindu festivals, Holi is celebrated every year to say ‘Bye-Bye’ to winters and ‘Hello’ to Spring by playing with colors. On this day people play, chase and color each other with dry or colored water.
Holi is an Indian festival of great significance, exuberance, and great enthusiasm. This is beloved and celebrated all over the world, however, the best place to enjoy this is India itself.
History of Holi – Why it is celebrated?
There are two popular reasons why Holi is celebrated:
Reason #1. Indians celebrate Holi to say goodbye to winter and to welcome the season of Spring, which brings growth and happiness.
Reason #2. Holi word originates from “Holika”, who was the sister of Hiranyakashipu – the Demon King. The story goes as follows: Lord Brahma approved Hiranyakashipu a boon that made him virtually invincible and indestructible stating that he cannot be killed inside the home or outside; not during day or night; not on earth or in the sky; neither by Shastra nor by Astra neither by a man nor an animal.
So, Hiranyakashipu declared himself to be the “God”
Hiranyakashipu’s son Prahlada disagreed with this and rebelled against him. This enraged Hiranyakashipu and he ordered Prahlada to be killed. He tried to kill the little child many times –but failed.
Finally, he ordered Prahlada to sit on a pyre with his evil sister Holika. Holika was approved a boon by Brahma that prevented her from getting burnt by fire. As ordered, Prahlada sat on Holika’s lap and started praying to Lord Vishnu.
Lord Vishnu saved the little child while the fire burned Holika. The death of Holika represents the end of proud and evil. So, the day after Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.
Top 10 Things about Holi – Facts and Figures
Here, I collected some facts, figures, and fun about this festival of colors. And, I’m sure that after reading these you would surely want to experience Holi and colors at least once in your lifetime. 🙂
➳ Holi is a spring festival which is also known as the festival of love and festival of colors.
➳ It is celebrated on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon).
➳ Holi is primarily celebrated in India, Nepal, and other parts of the world where Indian or Hindus live.
➳ Holi is popularly known as ‘Phagwah’ in Assam, ‘Fagu’ in Nepal, and ‘Dol Jatra’ in West Bengal.
➳ The Holi celebrations start with Holika Bonfire – the night before Holi. On this day people gather, sing, dance, and bonfire – burn rubbish as a part of the celebration. On next day, people play with colors. This day is popularly known as “Dulahndi”
➳ Holi is celebrated differently across different states in India. The popular one is “Lathmar Holi”, followed in Uttar Pradesh. According to this Lord Krishna used to visit Barsana in Mathura with his friends to put color on Gopis and Radha (Lover of Lord Krishna). In response, Radha and the other Gopis chased them and beat them up with sticks.
➳ Holi is the only single day of the year when parents encourage their children to get filthy.
➳ On this day people hug and wish each other “Holi Hai”.
➳ Holi is one of the Indian festivals when people can celebrate together unbound by gender, caste or ethnicity.
➳ Marijuana-infused goodies such as “Bhang Thandai” and “Bhang Lassi” are the unofficial drink of Holi. 🙂
I wish you and your family a very happy and colorful Holi 2018. Play it safe and spread the love on this day!