Why Holi Is Celebrated?
Holi is popularly known as the ‘festival of colours.’ It is one of the main festivals for Indian people and is celebrated throughout the country. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the Phalguna month. Every year the celebration of Holi is observed in the month of March. The celebration begins with splashing colours on each other and continues for the whole day accompanied by good food and music. Holi is a festival of fun which marks the victory of good over evil. People are seen to share happy holi images with each other to express their enthusiasm for the festival.
Celebration Of Holi: The History Behind It
According to the legends, Hiranyakashipu was an ancient demon king who wanted to avenge the death of his younger brother who was killed by Lord Vishnu. To gain great power, the kind prayed for years until he was granted a boon. But with this newly attained power, he started thinking himself to be equal to God.
The king was disheartened by the acts of his son as he disobeyed his father and worshipped Lord Vishnu. The king out of rage wanted to kill his own son and asked Holika, his daughter who was immune to fire to help him out. He asked Holika to sit in a pyre of fire with Prahlad, his on her lap. However, their plan did not work out as planned. Prahalad was praying to Lord Vishnu and was rendered harmless while Holika was turned into ashes. Holika Dahan is performed to mark the death of Holika. This symbolizes the end or the death of evil.
Colours became a part of the festival as it is believed that Lord Krishna celebrated Holi with colours. He played Holi with his friends at Gokul and Vrindavan. This is where the use of colours got popularized and it followed even till today.
Holi is basically a spring festival that is also celebrated to mark the end of winters. Some part of the festival is also associated with the harvest in the Spring season. Farmers celebrate Holi as they rejoice to see their stocks refilled with new crops. Holi is considered to be a part of their joy and happiness.
Holi is just around the corner and the country is getting prepped up to celebrate the much-awaited festival of colours. Make this Holi a memorable one.