The Story and Mythology Behind Holi

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Holi, the festival of colors – primarily celebrated in India. It is the most fun-filled, noisy and lively of all Hindu festivals. It’s an occasion that brings lot of joy and happiness, fun and play, music and dance, and of course lots of bright colors!

With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it’s time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy this spring festival. Every year it is celebrated on the full moon day in Falgun, sometimes in the month of March, and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.

There are several mythological stories behind the origins of the festival. The most popular one is related to the killing of Holika. Mythology states that when Prahlad disobeyed the orders of Hrinyakashyapu and kept praying for Lord Vishnu, Hrinyakashyapu took the help of his sister, Holika, to kill him. Holika took Prahlad in her lap and sat in a bonfire as she had immunity against fire. However, to everyone’s amazement, Holika was burnt alive while Prahlad was unaffected. Thus, Holika Dahan is celebrated a day before Holi. Hence, Holi festival commemorates the victory of good over evil.

Holi got its name as the “Festival of Colors” from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors. The morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other.

It is said this festival encourages the feeling of brotherhood in the society. People from all communities and religion participate in this joyous and colorful festival and strengthen the secular fabric of nation.

Vastu Kripa would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe holi. We at Vastu Kripa promote a environmentally safe holi and advocate the use of herbal colours and less water. Happy Holi!

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