Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love. Although people in almost all parts of India celebrate this festival, the celebrations vary according to regional influences, rituals and traditions.One of the most popular legends surrounding this festival is that lord Krishna had applied color on cheeks of radha during Holi since she was fairer than him. With this started the tradition of playing with colors on the occasion of Holi. So we all celebrate Holi with colours.
The festival of Holi can be regarded as a celebration of the colors of unity and brotherhood. It’s an opportunity to forget all differences. It is one occasion when colored powder and colored water on each other. This is the simple reason to participate in this colorful festival. This is the reason to celebrate Holi with colours.
Significance of Holi Festival
As per ancient mythology, there is a legend of king hiranyakashyapu with who Holi is associated. Holi is associated with the puranic story of holika, the sister of demon – king hiranyakashyapu. The demon-king punished his son, Prahlad in a variety of ways to denounce lord narayana. He failed in his all attempts. Finally, he asked his sister holika to take Prahlad in her lap and enter a blazing fire. Holika had a boon to remain unburned even inside fire. Holika did her brother’s bidding. However, holika’s boon ended by this act of supreme sin against lord’s devotee and was burnt to ashes. But Prahlad came out unharmed.
The Holi festival has further cultural significance. It is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. People pay or forgive debts, as well as deal a new with those in their lives. Holi also marks the start of spring and ritually aims to generate harmony in the society.