The Holi festival is one of the greatest festival in India nowadays.
Holi, also known as “Festival of colors”, is held on the full moon day of the Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar. Holi is one of the most important events of India, as well as many other countries who practice Hindu.
Holi festival marks the end of winter and the start of spring with hope for a prosperous season of crops. This festival also celebrates the victory of the good against the evil.
The rituals and the traditions of Holi festival
Holi festival is an ancient Hindu festival with lots of religious beliefs.
Before the festival, the locals will start collecting wood and burnable objects for the fire camp in the park, the community center, the areas near pagodas, temples and other open areas. Inside the pyre is a dummy symbols Holika, the person who tricked Prahalad into the fire. Inside the house, the women prepare the unique delicacies of the festival like gujiya, mathri, malpuas as well as many other excellent cuisines.
The night before the festival, everyone gathers around the pyres right after the sun goes down and set them on fire. This ritual is called Holika Dahan. This ritual symbols the triumph of good before evil. Everyone will dance happily around the fire.
During the festival they will throw color powder into each other, making everyone equally colorful.
The Holi festivals are started in the next morning and people start playing with the color powder. Everyone has in their hand dry color powder or balloons that are filled with color solutions to throw at each other and make each other colorful.
According to the tradition, these colors are mixed using the natural flora like saffron, sandalwood, and roses so it is really easy to clean it. Everyone will gather around the streets to participate in this interesting game. In the end of the day, everyone will look like a unique picture on the own. This is why the festival is also called “Festival of Colors”.
The locals will then gather in groups to sing and dance to the sounds of drums and dholak. Every time “the color fight” is temporary paused, they will eat gujiya, mathri, malpuas and much other traditional food together.Bhang, traditional drinks that are made by using local herbs is one of the most important parts of the Holi festival.
In the area Braj near Mathura, North India, the festival can last more than a week. Here, they will not only play with colors. There will be a day when the men will go around with shields on their hands and the women will hit the shields using staffs. In the South India, the locals worship Kaamadeva, the god of love in the India mythology.
After a day of playing with colors, everyone will clean themselves and wear new clothes to welcome their friends and their families when they pay a visit. Holi festival is also the festival of forgiving and starting new, with the purpose to create the harmony within the society and to leave behind the grudges.
On this day, every grudge will be left behind, everyone from children to elders will join the festival together.
The Holi festival is hosted on the full moon day of every March each year. This year, the Holi festival is gonna be hosted on March 17th. Although it will be hosted a bit sooner in East India like West Bengal.
The Festival of Colors is hosted everywhere in India. The biggest one is hosted at Mathura, which is 4 hours driving from Delhi.
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