Nothing can be so colorful and joyful other than a Holi festival. The land of colors is actually made more colorful with vibrant colors and smiles. Words wouldn’t suffice the joy that is behind this festival .It is more popular in India. The arrival of spring celebrated .This season brings smiles, hopes ,joy and enthusiasm.
1. Legend of Holi Festival
This festival is being celebrated since ancient past. There are different stories behind this celebration that varies across the country. The rots of this festival are mentioned in many books literatures and paintings. Mostly this celebration is related to Lord Krishna and Radha and Holika Dahan.
3. Story of Holika Dahan
The King Hiranyakashyap was a demon who won the kingdom of earth and ruled it. He was such an egoistic and commanding person. He wanted all people in his kingdom to worship and listen to him. But he couldn’t control his own son Prahlad who was ardent devotee of Lord Narayana this made him so disappointed and at times very angry. He tried to divert his son many times but he always failed in it. Finally losing all his patience he decided to kill his son .He told his sister Holika to entry the fire holding paroled as she had a boon that fire cant harm her.
She took Prahlad and made him sit in her lap. But Holika was not aware that this boon is applicable only when she enters the fire alone. LITTLE Prahlad was chanting the name of Lord and finally he came out unharmed and Holika was harmed.The lord moved by the devotion of prahlad saved him.Thus the win of good over evil is celebrated and the named HOLI is from the name HOLIKA.Holi is a celebration of win of devotion.even a strong person can never harm a strong devotee and if someone dares to do they will face harm was the message through this festival.
4. Celebration of the Legend
This scene is enacted even now by many people on the occasion of Holi. People in North burn dummy dolls of Holika in fir and shout out of joy. It is a religious activity in Gujarat and Orissa .. People render their gratitude the god of fire. They offer gram and stalks from the harvest .
On the last day of Holi a little fire from the bonfire are taken to their homes by the people and is believed that their homes will be rendered pure and their bodies will be free from disease. During this function people clean their houses remove all unwanted waste and burn them out and hence disease-breeding bacteria are destroyed and the localities sanitary condition is improved.
6. Story of Radha and Krishna
Lord Krishna as a kid was so naughty he was so jealous of the complexion of Radha as he was dark. One day Krishna felt bad about this and complained to his mother that the nature is unfair and is giving people different complexions. So pacify him his mother told to apply whatever colour he wishes on radhas face.Thehappy Krishna ran to Radha and applied colour on her face and made her look like him.
The dark complexion of Krishna also has a story behind it. When a demon tried to feed Krishna poisonous milk when he was a baby he turned to blue and he survived but the demon died. This scene of Krishna applying colour to Radha and other girls is depicted in many paintings and has inspired us and hence we too started celebrating the festival of colors.
7. The Celebrations
Lord Krishna applied colour mixed with water in water jets this gained popularity and is followed a traditional and great festival.A festival for lovers of course they enjoy applying colors on their loved ones.Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon which are the places associated with Krishna and Radha has the height of holi celebrations every year. The whole country becomes colorful and celebrates the everlasting love of Lord Krishna and Radha
The idols of Radha and Krishna nicely decorated is carried along streets of the city and devotees chant Krishna’s name, and sing devotional songs and dance to it. Temples are beautifully decorated and sweets are distributed by all. Everyone enjoys Appling colour and they want to be first in applying colour on others.Holi is celebrated in the mid of Feb and March and it starts on the Full moon day of the Phagun month a festival followed by two days and this year the main day to apply colours is on 24th March..Happy Holi.Lets make India more colorful..