Holi is a second biggest festival on Hindu calendar after Diwali and it is a celebration of two days. The first day as Jalanewali Holi. This day is also known as Chhoti Holi and Holika Dahan. The second day as Rangwali Holi (also known as Dhulandi or Dhulendi ). The day when people play with gulal, abir and water. When, its time for Holi, don’t hold yourself back, but do enjoy this festival to the best. Share with your love ones the significance of Holi – why we must enjoy the Holi.
Holi gets us close to our religion and our mythology as it is fundamentally the celebration of various legends associated with this festival.
Legend of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap: According to this mythology there once lived a devil king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself a god and wanted everybody to worship him. To his great fury, his son, Prahlad began to worship, Lord Vishnu. To teach him a lesson, Hiranyakshyap asked his sister, Holika, to enter a burning fire with Prahlad in her lap, as she had a boon from Lord Brahma Ji to enter fire unscathed. However, Prahlad was saved for his extreme devotion for the lord while Holika paid a price for her sinister desire. The tradition of burning Holika or the ‘Holika dahan’ comes mainly from this legend.
Legend of The Radha-Krishna: Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme happiness. Over the years, Krishna from his village Nandgaon used to go to Barsana to color Radha and Gopis. And hence it became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities. Since then Holi is celebrated as a mark of love where one gets the freedom to apply colors on his beloved’s face.
The festival is very unique, it does not discriminate against any section of the society and treats everyone equally. Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. Also, the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. In the evening people visit friends and relatives and exchange gifts, sweets and greetings. This helps in revitalizing the relationships and strengthening emotional bonds between people.
This is natural for the body to experiences some tardiness due to the change from the cold to the heat in the atmosphere. To counteract this tardiness of the body, people sing loudly or even speak loudly. Their movements are brisk and their music is loud. All of this helps to rejuvenate the system of the human body.
There is yet another scientific reason for celebrating the Holi, this however pertains to the tradition of Holika Dahan. The mutation period of winter and spring, induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt, temperature rises to about 145 degrees. Following the tradition when people perform Parikrima (going around) around the fire. The heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it.
This is extremely important in the era that when so many people resort to evil practices for small gains and torture one who is honest. Holi helps the people to believe in the virtue of being truthful. and honest and also to fight away the evil. Besides, holi is celebrated at a time of the year when the fields are in full bloom and people are expecting a good harvest. Apart from rejuvenating the social ties, Holi provides a wonderful opportunity to let loose all the tension and de-stress the mind.
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