Holi is a festival which is not only celebrated in India but also in many other parts of the world. People try to forget their personal grudges by throwing colors at each other and embrace everyone with warmth. Different colors signify happiness & joy of being together. This is a festival enjoyed by all kinds of age groups in India. From an infant to an adult, are seen singing, dancing and all covered with different colors.
Holi is usually taken as an announcement of the arrival of spring and the passing of winter season. Days before Holi, markets in India get all flooded by colors of every kind. Buying these colors seems as one is bringing the joy and happiness to their homes and also in their lives. During this festival, one can easily get away by saying ”Don’t Mind, It’s Holi” which means practices which might be considered offensive are usually allowed as people are in a mood to have fun and it’s all taken light heartedly and in a teasing and fun filled manner.
Today with this blog post, I will take you all through a brief history of why Holi is celebrated and what it signifies. “Holi” word derives from the name Holika who was the sister of the mythical king Hiranya Kashipu, who at that time commanded everyone to worship him. But his little son Prahlad refused to do so and instead chose to become the devotee of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God.
After this, the king Hiranya Kashipu ordered his sister to kill Prahlad as she possessed the power of being immune to fire. She picked little Prahlad and sat on fire. Prahlad, however, chanted name of lord Vishnu and was saved from the fire leaving Holika (Hiranya Kashipu’s sister) burning to ashes in that fire. This was the power of the supreme god which made that happen. Thus Holi is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil, kindness over cruelty, light over darkness.
I understand and value different cultures and traditions. Like St. ERHARD brings German culture to India, Holi brings forward the beautiful message of unity and togetherness and spreads it all across the globe.
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