The Festival of Colours – Holi
This week will see the streets and neighbourhoods around India bathed in a myriad of colours…the reason? Holi.
So what is Holi and why Holi festival is celebrated in India?
Holi is a festival that celebrates the advent of spring, a time when Mother Nature gives of her resplendent best. Holi marks the triumph of good over evil, the end of a cold dark winter and the arrival of sunny spring. It is a time to revel in Nature’s goodness, to mend strained relationships and to play with colours. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Full Moon Day (Purnima) which occurs in the month of Phalguna (in the Hindu Calendar), between the end of February and the middle of March. The first night is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi (Chhoti meaning “small”) when people congregate, perform rituals in front of bonfires, and pray that their internal shortcomings may be destroyed in the same way that Holika, the demon king Hiranyakashipu’s sister, was killed in the fire. The following day is celebrated as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah, when people throw colours on each other. This is done with good cheer and with a sense of all-inclusiveness. Groups can be heard playing the drums and other musical instruments. It is a time of unbridled merriment and a sense of camaraderie pervades through society.
Sharing is caring!