Holi is the festival of colors, it is the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals. The Holi Celebration marks the end of winter in India and welcomes the spring season. On the Holi Celebration, people play with colors meet and greet on one another and create new beginnings. Similar to other important festivals in India, the Holi festival of Colors In India also symbolize the victory of good over evil in India.

In the Holi Celebration, People of all age groups with their faces and clothes smeared with different colors of “Gulal” the Holi festival celebrate with great enthusiasm and fervor. The Holi Celebration is generally held on Phalgun Purnima (February-March).

People are greeting with on each other by rubbing colors on each other’s body or face by saying “Bura Na Mano Holi Hai”.

History of Holi

The Holi Celebration actually begins a day before of Dhulandi (day of playing colors). In Holi, there are multiple rituals belonging to, but the most popular of them are “Holika Dahan”, a mythological character. Prahlad, son of demon king Hiranyakashipu was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. The son Prahlad, disobeyed the orders of his evil father not to offer prayers to the Lord Vishnu.

Holi History

Holi History

For the reason of that Hiranyakashipu wants to teach a lesson of his son Prahlad, he sought his assistance of his sister that name is Holika to kill Prahlad.  The sister of Hiranyakashipu, Holika sat on a bonfire with Prahlad but the amazement of king. The fire burnt alive the invincible Holika and the Son of Hiranyakashipu, Prahlad remained unaffected. And that is the one reason behind of Holi Celebration.

Holi Celebration In India

1. Holi Celebration in Mathura

Holi, Mathura

Holi, Mathura

People who have the witness of the Holi Celebration in Mathura, they will always cherish the unforgettable memories. The most popular thing of Mathura Holi is “Lathmar” Holi where women are playfully hit the men with the sticks. The Holi celebration is popularly played in the premises of the Radha Rani Temple which is located in the Barsana town.  That is considered the birthplace of Goddess Radha.

2. Holi celebration In West Bengal

Holi, West Bengal

Holi, West Bengal

The Holi Celebration in West Bengal, the Holi is known by various names in West Bengal like Dol Purnima, Dol Jatra, and Swing Festival. On the day of Holi people welcome the spring season by playing colors and distributing sweets. In the Holi festival, boys and girls wear saffron (yellow) colored dresses and flower garlands. That is not all, as the idols of Radha and Krishna are beautifully decorated and taken into the palanquins for the procession (Yatra) around the different part of the West Bengal.

3. Holi Celebration In Rajasthan

Holi, Rajasthan

Holi, Rajasthan

In India, the places of Rajasthan Holi Celebration is played in a similar fashion just like any other part of India. There is huge bonfire are burnt and the people gather around it and singing multiple songs, dancing and relishing scrumptious food items. After the next day morning, people throw colors (gulal and kumkum) on each other body and greet the people.

4. Holi Celebration In Vrindavan

Across the different parts of the world throng to Mathura, the Holi celebration in Vrindavan is the land of Lord Krishna. People of Vrindavan dress up themselves as Krishna, Radha, and Gopi and engage in joyful pranks with each other. The great interest of people showing their utmost respect and devotion to the Almighty is simply incomparable.

Holi, Vrindavan

Holi, Vrindavan

People who visit the Vrindavan city experience the feeling of romance flowing in the air. In Mathura-Vrindavan, the Holi Celebration continues at least for a week. Each and every temple of Vrindavan city celebrates Holi with great fervor.

How to celebrate Holi

To celebrate Holi, the festival of colors and it also involves lots of rituals.

1. Preparing the Holika pyre

Holika pyre

Holika pyre

For a few days before the festival, people start collecting wood and other inflammable things for the bonfire. At Holika Pyre, the combustible materials are then gathered in a pyre in

1. Colonies

2. Community Centers

3. Parks

4. Open Spaces

At the top of the pyre, an effigy of Holika is placed to be burned as per the legend.

2. Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan

In the Holi Celebration, the 1st day is celebrated as the Holika Dahan or Choti Holi. After the sunset people gather around the pyre, perform puja (prayers) and then light it. People are dance and sing around the Holi Pyre, as it symbolizes the victory of good over bad.

3. Playing with Colours

Playing with Colours

Playing with Colours

The second day of Holi Celebration is called “Rangwali Holi”, “Dhulandi”, “Phagwah and Badi Holi”. In that day people will apply colors to one other, party and enjoy. All age groups like children and youngsters play in groups with dry colors called “abir” or “gulal”, “Pichkaris (water guns)”, water balloons filled with colored solutions.

4. Special Feast of Holi

Feast of Holi

Feast of Holi

One of the special feasts of Holi is “Gujiya”, that feast is made in every household in India during the Holi Celebration. Gujiya is made up of with Khoya (a dairy product) and dried fruits. At that festival, there is a special drink that is called “Thandai”, which generally contains bhang (marijuana). Some other mouth-watering delicacies are-

1. Gol-Gappe

2. Papri-Chaat

3. Dal-kachori

4. Kanji-Vada

5. Dahi-Bhalle

6. Chole bhature

Major Indian Festivals

Indian Festival

Indian Festival

1. Dussehra

2. Diwali

3. Ganesh Chaturthi

4. Onam

Festivals of India List

List of Festival

List of Festival

Festivals

Dates

Pongal

Begins on 15th January (Sunday)
Makar Sankranti

14th Jan(Monday)

Maha Shivratri

4th March (Monday)
Holi

21st March (Thursday)

Bihu

Begins on 13th April (Saturday)
Baisakhi

14th April (Sunday)

Easter

21st April (Sunday)
Eid Ul Fitr

5th June (Wednesday)

Hemis

Begins on 11th July (Saturday)
Rakshabandhan

15th August (Thursday)

Janmashtami

24th August (Saturday)

Onam

Begins on 1st September (Sunday)

Ganesh Chaturthi

2nd September (Monday)

Navratri

From 29th September to 7th October (Monday)

Durga Puja 7th October (Monday)
Dussehra 8th October (Tuesday)
Diwali 27th October (Sunday)
Chhath Puja 2nd November (Saturday)
Gurpurab 12th November (Tuesday)
Christmas 25th December (Wednesday)

Conclusion

Holi is known as the festival of colors and joy. The ardor of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi Celebration being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing. In above the article has all the information about Holi festival, that will give brief details about Holi and how it celebrated and in India where this festival is more famous.