One of the most awaited festivals in India and celebrated in this March 2019, Holi is the festival that celebrated with a lot of fervor across the country. Bonfires, sing and dance activities - And the most special thing is colors. This holiday is the main highlight for a traveler to have a trip in India this March 2019.
Significance of Holi
Hiranyakashipu who was a mighty demon who beat the gods and became the master of the universe. He had a son named Prahalada. Prahalada was hated by his father as Prahalada was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, one of the most worshipped gods among Hindus.
Prahlada was confronted many times by his father for worshipping Vishnu. The king decided to kill Prahlada. Prahlada was thrown off a cliff, attacked by the king’s soldiers, crushed by elephants and many such antics were used by Hiranyakashipu but all these attempts failed. After many failed attempts, Hiranyakashipu thought of a master plan and called his sister Holika. Holika was blessed by gods in a way that she was immune to fire, that she wouldn’t get burned. Hiranyakashipu asked her to kill his child. Holika initially hesitated to kill Prahlada but agreed when forced. Holika held Prahlada in her lap and sat in the middle of the fire.
As Holika was immune to fire, they thought it would be a perfect plan, and their motive would be fulfilled. But something unexpected unfolded. As Holika was using her power for evil, her power was taken away by the gods and she was burnt to ashes. Prahalada as always was unharmed who kept chanting the name of Vishnu. Vishnu protected his greatest devotee and Prahalada escaped unhurt.
Later, Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu by appearing as Narasimha avatar and Prahlada was crowned as the king. Narasimha was half human and half Lion. Lord Vishnu had to appear in a Narasimha avatar as Hiranyakashipu was blessed by powers that he could not be killed by any human or animal or be killed in the sky or on land.
(According to “Shalu Sharma’s Travel Blog”)
In the Braj region of India, where the Hindu deity Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated until Rangpanchmi in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi celebrated as a festival of love. There is a symbolic myth behind commemorating Krishna as well. As a baby, Krishna developed his characteristic dark skin color because the she-demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna despaired whether the fair-skinned Radha and other girls would like him because of his skin color. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and ask her to color his face in any color she wanted. This she does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. Ever since the playful coloring of Radha and Krishna's face has been commemorated as Holi. Beyond India, these legends to explain the significance of Holi are common in some the Caribbean and South American communities of Indian origin such as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. It is also celebrated with great fervor in Mauritius.
(According to wikipedia.org)
The meaning of “Holi”
Holi, also known as the “festival of colors”, is a Hindu festival that marks the end of winter. This festival is the most popular in India, Holi is celebrated for two days, this year Holi in India occurs in 20-21 March 2019. Celebrate the spring’s arrival and the victory of good over evil.
Before the festival, bonfires are lit to symbolize the cremation of Holika and the subsequent victory of good over evil. Some Hindus will smear themselves with the ashes from these fires as an act of purification. But in today they changed it into throw and smear colored powder and water over loved ones and strangers alike.
After Holi’s day of play, everyone gets cleaned up and prepares to visit friends and family in the evening, the festival of color gives us an opportunity to reunite with family, friends and dear ones. This festivity brings colors into the life of people when they can take a break from their monotonous life and share the joy with loved ones.
All the shades of the rainbow hold significance in Hindu mythology. The most vibrant colors like pink, red, blue, green, orange, yellow… Colored water guns are also things that you must have while attending the festival.
Traditionally, people were drenched with turmeric and flower extracts, as well as sandalwood paste, but these days synthetic powders and dyed water are more common.
Travelers cannot miss this spectacular holiday. Take a break from your busy daily life and get a trip to India now.
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