Holi The Spirit Of India

“Don’t Mind, It’s Holi!”  बुरा मत मानो होली हे.

खा के दही पि के भांग,

लगा के थोडा थोडा सा रंग , बजा के ढोलक और मृदंग , खेले होली हम तेरे संग.

शुभ होली : होली मुबारक.

The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or in between early/mid March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug, apply colors and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. It is a spring festival also known as festival of colors, and sometimes festival of love. And some say its the festival to celebrate the end of winter & arrival of spring season.

The word “Holi” originates from “Holika”, the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakaship. King Hiranyakaship had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. The special powers blinded him, he grew arrogant, felt he was God, and demanded that everyone should worship only him. However hiranyakaship’s own son, Prahlad,  disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakaship. He subjected Prahlad to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika – Prahlad’s evil aunt – tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak  that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlad was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada,

Holika burned, Prahlad survived. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlad over Hiranyakaship, of fire that burned Holika. The day after Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.

 In 17th century literature, it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. Holi festivities mark the beginning of new year to many Hindus, as well as a justification to reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and accumulated emotional impurities from past.

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival with its cultural rituals. It is mentioned in the Puranas, Dasakumara Charita, and by the poet Kālidāsa during the 4th century reign of Chandragupta II. The celebration of Holi is also mentioned in the 7th-century Sanskrit drama, Ratnavali.

Holi is also celebrated in memory of the immortal love of Lord Krishnaa and Radhaa. The young Krishnaa would complain to his mother Yashodaa about why Radhaa was so fair and he so dark. Yashodaa advised him to apply colour on Radhaa’s face and see how her complexion would change. In the legends of Krishnaa as a youth he is depicted playing all sorts of pranks with the gopis . One prank was to throw colored powder all over them. So at Holi, images of Krishnaa and his consort Radhaa are often carried through the streets. Holi is celebrated with eclat in every corner around India.

Holi Purnima is also celebrated as the birthday of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (A.D. 1486-1533), mostly in Bengal, and also in the coastal city of Puri, Odisha, and the holy cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

गुल ने गुलशन से गुलफाम भेजा हे, सितारों ने आसमा से सलाम भेजा हे,

मुबारक हो आपको होली का त्यौहार , हमने दिल से ऐ पैगाम भेजा हे .


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