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What is Holi?
Holi is a festival of colors, it is celebrated with enthusiasm all over India. This is a 2-day long festival. On the first day, Chhoti Holi or Holi Dahan is done. The next day there is a big Holi. | Holi, known as the ‘Festival of Colors, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun (March). Like many other festivals in India, Holi also signifies the victory of good over evil. According to ancient mythology, there is a legend of King Hiranyakashyap.
Stories related to Holi and the importance of Holi?
Hiranyakashyap was the king of ancient times who wanted to avenge the death of his younger brother who was killed by Lord Vishnu. So the king prayed for years to get power. At last, he got a boon. But with this Hiranyakashipu started considering himself a god and asked his people to worship him as a god.
The king had a young son named Prahlad who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Prahlad never obeyed his father’s orders and continued worshiping Lord Vishnu. The king was so harsh that he decided to kill his own son because he refused to worship him.
Hiranyakashyap’s sister Holika had a boon that she could not be consumed by fire. Hiranyakashyap ordered that Holika sit in the fire with Prahlad in her lap. Holika got burnt while sitting in the fire, but Prahlad survived. Holi is lit on this day in memory of God’s devotee Prahlad.
Why is Holi celebrated?
It is believed that it originated from the play of Radha and Krishna. He used to play Holi with his friends in Vrindavan and Gokul. Krishna and some boys from Brij village used to go to play Holi with the girls of Barsana village. They used to harass those girls in one way or the other. Sometimes they would steal their clothes while they were taking a bath, and sometimes they would break their pots by throwing stones at them. Sometimes they used to put mud or cow dung on their faces. This practice is still going on today.
We are following these rituals even today, but by changing their form, we have forgotten their importance. Holi falls at the beginning of summer. Perhaps the custom of playing with water and colors would have been started so that we can wash out the laziness and dirt accumulated in our bodies during the winter season.
In earlier times the colors used to play Holi were made from flowers and medicinal herbs. When applied, the fragrance of those colors and the mere touch of the whole atmosphere used to smell, no chemical was used to make the color. But among all the definitions of festivals, the definition of colors has changed over time. Today people have started using harsh colors made of chemicals. Bright colors are also used to play Holi, which is bad and this is the reason why many people avoid celebrating this festival.
Celebration of Holi?
Holi is not a one-day festival it is celebrated for three days.
Day 1 – On the full moon day (Holi Purnima) colored powder and water are arranged in small brass utensils on a plate. The celebration begins with the eldest male member sprinkling color on his family members.
Day 2- It is also known as ‘Puno’. On this day idols of Holika are burnt and people light bonfires to remember the story of Holika and Prahlad. Mothers with their children light five rounds of fire to seek the blessings of the god of fire.
Day 3- This day is known as ‘Parva’ and is the last day of Holi celebrations. On this day colored powder and water are poured on each other. The deities of Radha and Krishna are worshiped and bedecked with colors.
Which sweets are made on Holi?
Something special is made at every festival in India. Holi is incomplete without sugar syrup-filled Gunjias. Gunjia is a semi-moon-shaped brown-colored sweet dipped in sugar syrup filled with almonds, pistachios, cashews, coconut, and khoya. It is hard from above but it dissolves as soon as you put it in your mouth. Gunjia is known by many names in India. It is known as Purukiya in Bihar, Ghughra in Gujarat, Karanji in Maharashtra, and Kajji Kaya in Tamil Nadu.
Talking about Holi, how can Thandai be forgotten? It is a nutritious cooling drink. It is prepared and stored at the beginning of summer and is consumed throughout the summer. Another form of thandai is very famous in India, which is called bhang. After drinking this, people become intoxicated and for a few hours forget about the worldly life and keep singing. They enjoy Holi by forgetting all their worries.
What are the benefits of cooling:-
- cooling syrup
- Constipation reliever
- Happiness enhancer
- power booster
People play Holi fiercely from morning to afternoon, after which they take a bath, wear clean clothes, listen to music, and distribute sweets to each other.
Disadvantages of Holi?
Children and elders apply color to each other forcefully, if this color goes into the eyes, nose, or ears, it can cause a lot of damage to our body.
What is the effect of colors on the skin?
Nowadays we are using chemical colors. After applying these, various types of skin diseases and wounds, etc. occur on our skin. For children who already have pimples on their face or whose skin is delicate, their problem becomes manifold due to the color of Holi.
dangerous water scenes?
To enhance the child more child-colored water glasses are thrown at each other. A water balloon thrown from a great height hits the body like a bullet.
Small children are not aware that throwing balloons at a moving two-wheeler can cause loss of balance and even death of the driver.
Sometimes Holi leaves a wound for life, but should we stop playing Holi fearing all these things? Not at all. We can teach our children to play Holi safely. Schools can help with this purpose. Awareness campaigns can be run on television and YouTube.
Negative aspects of Holi?
Some unscrupulous persons try to spoil the fun of this day by drinking alcohol and gambling and molesting women. Taking advantage of the noisy environment, they cross limits and try to touch women inappropriately. The festival of Holi is also famous for molesting women, people molesting women, and sisters-in-law on the pretext of applying color to them.
How to remove the color of Holi?
It is easy to play Holi but taking off its colors is a very difficult task. To get rid of different colors, many buckets of water, different types of soap, and face wash are required. Even after rubbing for several hours, your color does not come out completely. It takes 10 to 15 days for the nails to return to their original form. Indian women have many home remedies by which they help the elders and children of the house. The colors can be easily removed by applying raw milk, gram flour, and coconut oil, etc.
Precautions before playing Holi?
• Play Holi in an open park or on the street. Playing Holi on the terrace and balcony can be dangerous. Children can fall over when they are over-excited.
• Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs completely. Thick blue denim is the best option• Keep a constant watch on young children as they can get lost in the crowd.
• Treat your eyeglasses with care.
• People with long hair, especially women, tie their hair tightly to avoid pulling it Do not stay
• Use any oily substance or cream on your whole body, mouth, and hair. Due to this, your skin will not hold much color.
The festival of Holi has historical, social, and scientific significance. That’s why we should celebrate the festival that has been going on for many years with caution so that we can spread the colors of happiness.
Holi is played in different ways in every state of India. Today we tell you about all those traditions.
Barsana of Mathura of Braj region is world famous for Lathmar Holi, so Lathmar Holi is also organized in adjacent Kaman of Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and famous temple of Kaila Devi temple of district Karauli.
We only know about the Lathmar Holi of Barsana, while Rajasthan also celebrates Holi in this way.
Holi of flowers:
Holi of flowers is also played in many places in India, such as in Dwarka of Gujarat, Holi of flowers is also played in Dwarkadhish temple in Mathura of Braj region.
In this type of Holi, instead of color and gulal, separate flower petals and throw them at each other and celebrate Holi.
Holi of color and gulal:
When we are talking about Holi, then this festival is incomplete without color and gulal. In whatever form Holi is celebrated, colors and gulal are common. Nevertheless, in this way Holi is celebrated all over India on one day, in which it is a festival of colors and gulal in Uttar Pradesh to Bihar and most of North India, whereas in South India to Central India and North-Eastern regions, it is a festival of colors. Celebrate it with pomp.
Although it is included in the one-day festival, in many places it is celebrated for one to two days. If you go to cities like Mathura, Varanasi, Patna, Ayodhya, Delhi, and Bhopal, you will understand what Holi is called.
The festival of Holi is celebrated for two days in the city of Allahabad i.e. Prayagraj. Overall, the joy of Holi will be seen a lot in these areas.
Holi of coals:
You can hardly believe that the Holi festival is celebrated in such a way, in which burning coals are used instead of colors.
Such Holi is celebrated in the village “Balicha” in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan, this village is a village with a tribal community, where the tribal community plays such Holi in the morning on the second day of Holika Dahan.
They demonstrate their bravery and courage by running on burning coals. Even today, on the auspicious occasion of Holi, Holi is celebrated in this way by walking on embers and singing and dancing.
Holi with stones:
This is also called stone pelting Holi. In Barmer and Jaisalmer of Rajasthan state, Holi is celebrated by hitting each other with small stones.
On the day of Holi, many groups gather at one place with music and drums and start throwing stones at each other, so that the next person rescues by wearing a turban in the form of a shield or by running away and enjoys this art to the fullest. Are.
The stones used for hitting are pebbles of small size so that they do not hurt anyone.
Holi of cow dung cakes
In the Dungarpur areas of Rajasthan itself, the festival of Holi is celebrated by burning cow-dung cakes, which are also called Kansas, which are used as fuel and put on top of each other.
It is also called Laddumar Holi. In Mathura’s Vrindavan and Shri Radharani’s Barsana, where on the one hand Lathmar Holi is celebrated, the other hand, along with Holi of flowers, Laddu Holi is also played in Banke Bihari temple. In this type of Holi, instead of colors and gulal, people play a unique Holi by hitting each other with laddoos, that is, by throwing laddoos at each other. In this way, the Holi festival of Rangotsav is celebrated in different forms in many places in India. Mostly such unique Holi is seen in the Braj region of Uttar Pradesh and many parts of Rajasthan.