Holi Festival of Colors
The Holi festival of colors memorializes the victory of good over the demon, especially the flaming and devastation of an asura named Holika. This was made possible with the help of Hindu god of conservation, Lord Vishnu.
Holi festival of colors got its name as the Dola Jatra from the childhood jester of Lord Krishna, a spiritual rebirth of God Vishnu, who liked to play jokes on the village girls by soaking them in water and colors. In various parts of India, Holi is celebrated as a spring festival to provide Thanksgiving for an ample crop season.
When is Holi festival celebrated?
Usually, Holi is celebrated the day after the full moon in the month of March each year. This festival takes place a day earlier in Orissa and West Bengal. In addition, in some parts of the country such as Vrindavan and Mathura celebration begins a week before or so earlier.
Where Holi is Celebrated?
Usually, traditional Holi celebrations are massive at Vrindavan and Mathura about four hours from Delhi where Lord Krishna is presumed to have grown up. Holi is celebrated in most part of the country and is more extravagant in some places than others.
However, Rajasthan is a famous place to celebrate Holi for foreign tourists, especially places such as Jaipur and Pushkar. Many trekker hotels organize Holi parties for guests. Rajasthan Tourism holds special Holi celebration parties in Jaipur as well.
How Holi is celebrated?
People usually spend the day demonizing colored powder all over each other’s faces putting colored water at each other and having parties, dancing underwater sprayings.
Bhang – a paste which is made from cannabis plant is traditionally consumed as a part of the celebrations. However, special Holi events with rain dances, music, and colors are organized in large cities across India, especially in Mumbai and Delhi. Further, it’s possible to celebrate Holi with a local Indian family in Jaipur and in Delhi.
What Rituals are performed?
The accentuation of Holi rituals is on the flaming of evil Holika. On the eve of Holi, massive balefire is illuminated to mark the occasion which is known as Holika Dahan. As well, conducting a special puja, singing and dancing around the fire, and walk around it three times.
In some parts of the country, people even walk across the hot coals of the fire. However, such firewalking is considered to be holy. This happens only in one place that is Saras Village near Surat in Gujarat.
What are the types of Holi celebrated in India?
Well, we all know that Holi is one of the most fun festivals in India. Here, we’ve listed some of the types of Holi that are being celebrated in India.
- Basant Utsav, Dol Jatra – West Bengal
- Phaguwa – Bihar
- Dola – Odisha
- Shigmo – Goa
The resonance of colors is something that brings a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi is the festival of colors is actually a day worth prideful. It is the most famous Hindu festival which is celebrated in every part of the country with more joy and love.