Happy Holi 2016, Festival of Colours
In the early spring, Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated. It is the festival of ancient Hindu religious system, which has become very popular even with non-Hindus all over the South Asia, and as well as with people from other communities outside of Asia.
Holi is celebrated on the Phalguna Purnima, also called as full moon. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival date varies every year, sometimes comes in early March and sometimes comes in late February.
The significance in the celebration of Holi festival has varied reasons, such as the victory of good over evil, the beginning of spring, the end of winter, and as a thanksgiving for a good and productive harvest.
The festival is primarily celebrated in Hindu countries like India, Nepal and in other regions of the world where there is significant Hindu population and of people with Indian origins. In the recent years, Holi has even spread to some parts of Europe and North America as a celebration of love, frolic, and colours.
Holi Festival Process
On the night before the Holi, a bonfire is made with people sitting around it singing, dancing and partying. On the next morning, the festival is celebrated by people spraying colours on each other, a carnival of colours. The people play, by chasing and spraying colour on each other, usually with dry powder and coloured water using water guns and water balloons. There is no limit in playing with colours and all the people are welcome in any place, open streets, outside temples, open parks and buildings. The people also carry drums and other musical instruments go to different places, by singing and dancing.
In India, Holi festival is celebrated with lot of joy and spirit. Since ancient times, the Holi festival is being celebrated in India with the popularity of Holi among the commons increasing with every year. No other festival gives the people so much freedom to enjoy by bringing out their hidden crazy self, like Holi.
Festival of Colours
Holi is a colourful waters festival in which the differences of any sort among the people are drowned and the people just enjoy being a play animal. The people playing Holi festival go total wild by dancing to the beat of dholak and singing traditional folk songs. Children also enjoy the festival by throwing water filled balloons on each other and by drenching others with coloured water using water missiles, called pichikaris.
This festival of colours, Holi, educates mankind to go beyond the caste and creed discriminations, by playing with colours filled with love and joy. The festival remarks that every one forgets their old grievances and form in a community with great warmth and high spirit of friendliness.
Both the children and the adults come out of homes and spray on each other with bright colours. People are found drenched in colours with colourful waters sprinkled on them, on this auspicious festival day. And children too will be enjoying playing with pichikari and other water balloons.
On this day of Holi festival, offers the people an opportunity to have a reunion filled with entertainment and joy with your family, friends and dear ones. The festival makes your life colourful with a break from their monotonous life and with an opportunity to share the joy with loved and dear ones.
Significance of Holi Festival
The festival Holi helps in bringing betterment to the societal relationships by bringing people together and strengthening the secular fabric of our country. Because, the festival is celebrated by all religions in India for it is an entertaining and a colourful festival. On the day of Holi, even enemies become friends and forget any hard feelings among them. Holi is also a festival that removes rich and poor discrimination among all the people by bringing them closer together. Hence, the festival Holi is significant for it helps in revitalising relationships and developing emotional binds among people.
Victory of Good over Evil
The famous demon king Hiranyakashapu has earned a boon making him indestructible to anything. This power has clouded his mind with an assumption that there is no God other than him that could stop him, and demanded the people in his kingdom to worship him as God, and not any other. He thought that he was God, the only being worthy of worship.
His young son, Prahlad, has however, by being against to his father’s will, prayed to Lord Vishnu and even tried to convince his father that his assumptions are all wrong and that Lord Vishnu is the original God. This attitude of his son Prahlad irritated Hiranyakashapu to the extent that he wanted to give Prahlad the cruellest punishment for his refusal.
In one attempt to punish him, Hiranyakashapu approached his evil sister Holika, to give Prahlad punishment. Holika, who has the power to withstand burning fire, has tricked and lured Prahlad to come into the fire along with her. But, Prahlad’s true devotion to Lord Vishnu has protected him from burning fires, while Holika has lost her power to withstand fire and burned to death in the fire. The victory of good over evil in this story is the symbol of bonfire that we do on Holi.
Frolicking with Colours
In the Hindu mythology, legend has it that Lord Krishna has observed how lighter the Radha’s complexion was, that his. Taking his mother’s suggestion, Krishna has smeared with colour on Radha’s cheeks to bring her complexion to his colour. Then, Radha retaliated on Krishna in her own wan. This playful act of Radha and Krishna smearing on each other with colours has brought the tradition of festival of colours on the Holiday.
- Different People
Wishing you a Happy & Colourful HOLI!!
- Colour Is Love
Colour Is Life
Colour Is Inspiration
Colour Is Innovation
Colour Is Creation May This Festival
Fill Ur Life with Holi
- Holi is not only the festival of colours,
It is a festival of togetherness,
It is a festival of forgetting all differences,
And it is a festival of eating delicious dishes.
- Auspicious red
Sun kissed gold
I wish u and all family members
- Peace from white,
Power from red,
Knowledge from yellow,
Development from green,
Love from pink,
May this holi add all colours your life!!
- We play holi with different colours,
To forget differences and get happiness,
We meet each other
To wish and hug each other,
We apply abeer to forehead,
To show our love and care to each other,
And we eat delicious dishes,
To welcome the great festival with full joy.
- Not from my head
Not from my mouth
Not from my body
Not from my brain
I am wishing u happy Holi from my heart always…!!
The trees smile with their sprout
of tender leaves and blooming flowers,
Eternal nature with its transient expression.
Hails spring with ecstasy and joy!
Bewildering shades with so many tinges.
The land of beauty and greatness,
India, witnessing colour of happiness and peace.
Nation come alive to enjoy the spirit
A celebration of colour- Holi!
An experience of content, harmony and delight.
Holika burns amidst merriment and mirth.
Evil overpowered by love and devotion.
A festival to commemorate ‘Ras Lila’-
an enduring love saga of Radha and Krishna.
Gulal – red, green, yellow and countless.
A day’s canvas – a riot of colours.
Lively crowd running hither and thither,
Rainbow of colours, dashing from every nook and corner.
Disregarding their woe and despair fervent folks,
rejoicing at the marvel of colours.
A day filled with luster and gaiety,
A day to smear our dreams-
With a splash of vibrant frenzy colours.
Holi Hai! A spring of unbounded fun and frolic!!
Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of colour. – Anonymous
A true and caring relation doesn’t have to speak loud, a soft message is just enough to express the heartiest feelings. Enjoy the festival of Holi with lot of fun. – Anonymous
Let the colours of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness. – Anonymous
From the lanes of Mathura and Vridavana, the colours of Holi have spread all over the country. These colours also carry the message of love, brotherhood, and truth. So whenever you splash Holi colours on somebody, you give him a promise of being truthful towards him always, maintain brotherhood with him lifelong and shower him with all the possible love throughout your life. – Anonymous
Red for love, green for prosperity, orange for success and pink for happiness. May God Bless you and your family with all these colours, Happy Holi! – Anonymous
The dominant idea behind Holi festival is that we should live more in harmony with nature instead of trying to destroy her and make her our slave. – Anonymous
Holi is not only about colours and sweets. It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that ‘Truth and Humanity are invincible forces in the Universe’. – Anonymous