History Of Holi :
Everyone is familiar with “HOLI” as a festival of fun and enjoyment with our friends and family but not everyone knows about its significance. Firstly ,we should know how this festival came to existence and what is it’s main motto. There’s a legendary significance of why holi is celebrated as a triumph of good over evil.The story involves God Vishnu , a demonic king ,a devotee of God Vishnu and an evil aunt. Hiranyakashipu was a demonic king of the asuras and always thought that his existence is more important than God . By worshiping for years and years he earned five super powers that he couldn’t be killed by a human or an animal; neither at day or at night ;neither indoors nor outdoors ;neither by astra ;neither by shastra.Because of all these powers he thought that he is invincible and should take the place of god .He demanded his people to worship him .But his own son Prahlada believed in God Vishnu and disagreed to worship his father. Hiranyakashipu couldn’t bear this and gave cruel punishments to prahlada which did not affect him or changed his belief in God.
The demonic king couldn’t control his anger and asked Holika,sister of hiranyakashipu to teach prahlada a lesson. Holika tricked prahlada into sitting in a ple of wooden blocks . Holika wore a cloak which was going to help her in escaping from the fire . But when the fire ws lit ,the cloak flew from holika’s body and covered prahlada .However prahlada escaped the fire but holika died.Then Narsimha ,a form of God Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu at a doorstep on his lap with his bare claws which denied all the powers of Hiranyakashipu. This story states that always good wins over evil, prahlada won over hiranyakashipu and holika.
The Celebration of Holi :
Holi is celebrated not only in India but in other parts of Asia. The festival also marks the end of winter and welcoming the season of spring. The first day is celebrated People Enjoyed and celebrate Holi with almost fervour and enthusiasm, especially in The North India. One day before Holi, people conduct a ritual called ‘Holi Dahan’. In this ritual, people pile heaps of wood in the public areas to burn. It symbolizes the burning of evil powers revising the story of the Holika and King Hiranyakashyap. Furthermore, they gather around a Holika to seek blessings and offer their devotion to God.
The next day is probably the most colourful day in The India. People get up in the early morning and offer pooja to God. Then, they dress up in white clothes and play with all colours. They splash water and color on one another. Children run around splashing water colours using the water guns. Similarly, even the adults become childrens on this special day. They rub colour on each other’s faces and immerse themselves in the water.
In the evening, they bathe and dress up nicely to visit their friends and the family. They dance throughout the day and drink alcohol and a special drink called the ‘bhaang’.
In short, Holi spreads love and the brotherhood. It brings unity and happiness in the country. Holi symbolizes triumph of good over the evil. This colourful festival unites people with love and removes all sorts of negativity from the life.
The festival is marked for fun as well as enjoying ourselves but we should also take care of some important things. Like we shouldn’t use more chemical treated colors which can be harmful for our skin.The usage of excessive water can also harm us in future.While enjoying ,we should also ensure that no one gets injured.Enjoy ,but keep these measures in mind .
Stay safe and healthy. Wishing each and everyone a safe and properous holi