2023-02-08 15:59:22

Holi is a major Hindu festival, celebrated annually in the spring season. It is the festival of colors during which people, streets, and houses could be seen covered in different colors. It is also called the festival of love, as people play with colors, forgetting their old enmity and renewing their relationships. Holi is a two-day festival, which begins the night before the main festival with choti (small) holi, when a large pyre is burned on streets as a symbol of Holika Dahan (burning of the demoness Holika) symbolic of the victory of good over evil. The next day people play with colors and in the evening visit each other exchanging greetings and sweets. The custom of visiting friends and relatives continues for over a week Holi is a festival of colors celebrated by the Hindus throughout India. Hindus celebrate Holi as a festival of love and happiness, shedding animosity, greed, and hatred, and adapting to a new life of love and togetherness. Holi is celebrated in the spring season, in the Hindu calendar month of Phalgun, which usually coincides with the Gregorian calendar month of March, or sometimes even late February. It is a two days festival commencing on a full moon night with holika dahan. The main holi festival is celebrated the next day of Holika Dahan. It also coincides with the harvest of wheat and is symbolic of prosperity and happiness. Spring marks the end of winter and is preceded by summer. Therefore, the climate of spring is particularly pleasing, when flowers abound. Thus, Holi is celebrated as the festival of colors, to commemorate nature’s spring beauty and also the good harvest. Holi is one of the great festivals of India which is celebrated with great zeal, zest, and enthusiasm. It is also called the festival of colors during which people play with colors and splash colors on each other. Holi also signifies the triumph of good over evil as this was the day when evil king Hiranyakashyap was slayed by Narasimha, the half-man and half-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and saved Prahlad who was a devotee of him. The celebration of Holi starts several days before the festival when people start buying colors, balloons, food items for the preparation of cuisines, etc. Children are the one who is very much excited for Holi and start celebrating it in advance by splashing colors on their friends using water cannons or ‘pichkaris’. Markets around the cities and villages get decorated with ‘gulls’, colors, ‘pickers’ etc. Holi is also a festival of harmony where friends and relatives get together in the evening or visit their friends, family, and neighbors and greet them with colors and sweets. The mouth-watering delicacies of Holi like ‘gujiya’, ‘laddoos’, and ‘thandai’ add a flavor to the season of festivity. People hug each other on Holi and give a new beginning by forgetting all their hatreds and sorrows.