HOLI-The festival of colors

The Indian sky is changing – the March winds are coming in and winter begins to bow out. Holi is the festival that carries the country into the bright days of summer. A feeling of plenty is in the air with the crops cut, and the farmer enjoying a bountiful of harvest. ‘Holi’ falls on the full moon, in the month of Phalgun, which spans the end of February and the beginning of March on the Gregorian calendar. A time when spring is in the air. There are many stories of the origin of Holi. The most  widely  held belief is that Holi  marks  the  day  when the  devotee  of lord Vishnu, Bakt Prahlad,  seated on  the lap of  demoness Holika,  was  saved  from  the  effect of  the  fire by  God  and the  demoness  got burnt  instead. Other  stories  relate  to  the  death of  demon Putana at  the hands of lord Krishna   and  to  the burning of  demoness Hoda  by  children. Some link the  festival  with  the  worship  of Karma, God of pleasure  and  destiny. The main day, Holi, also known as Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (death of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad had when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in Andhra Pradesh. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. People rub ‘gulal’ and ‘abeer’ on each others’ faces and cheer up saying, “bura na maano Holi hai”. on this day of festival people celebrate it by eating sweets. Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift.

Pichkari ki dhar, gulal ki bauchar,
apno ka pyar, yahi hai HOLI ka tyohar.
Wishing you and your family
A Very Happy and Colorful HOLI.

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