Holi hai

Time to celebrate. It’s Holi. A day when the entire country and Indians all across the world celebrate. But now the colors are all around. Beyond community, caste, religion and nationalities.

Holi

Holi, the festival of colors. The festival of love. The festival which signifies the victory of good over evil, end of winter, the arrival of spring and for all of us a festive day to meet friends and family, play, laugh, joke, pull each other’s leg, have a few swigs and enjoy some real cool Thandai with Bhang ( marijuana plant leaves boiled and formed into a paste). And then starts the real fun. We celebrate happiness ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•บ

HOLI

Holi is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the month of Phalgun in Hindu Calendar, somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan (burning of demon Holika) or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi.

There is a symbolic legend to explain why Holi is celebrated as a festival of colors in the honor of Hindu god Vishnu and his follower Prahlada. King Hiranyakashipu, according to legends was the king of demonic Asuras, and had earned a boon that gave him five special powers. He could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air. Hiranyakashipu grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.

Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu.This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada, who survived while Holika burned. Vishnu, the god who appears as an avatar to restore Dharma (Justice), took the form of Narasimha – half human and half lion, at dusk (when it was neither day nor night), took Hiranyakashyapu at a doorstep (which was neither indoors nor outdoors), placed him on his lap (which was neither land, water nor air), and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws (which were neither a handheld weapon nor a launched weapon).

The Holika bonfire and Holi signifies the celebration of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika ๐ŸŽŠ

Holika burning,Indian Ritual,Holi

So what are we waiting for. Let’s get going. ๐ŸƒStart preparing for our journey.

Talking about journey, what a wonderful one it has been for me in the last eight months. Living a dream, I had almost forgotten about. And then one night at 11 o’clock, I made my first attempt. By next morning it had taken shape. My dream of penning down my travel memories and taking it to the world. ๐Ÿšด My travel blog, Travel with passion.

The journey has been fascinating and intriguing, to say the least. There is still a long long way to go. Thank you readers and my die hard followers for your words of love ๐Ÿ’•

For now, let’s celebrate the colors of happiness together. And for my friends who are not here, come to India. Let the colors rock you.

Experience Holi. Experience India Beautiful ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

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83 Comments

  1. I knew Holika got burned, but was always wondering what happened to the evil king? I stand enlightened….Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      ๐Ÿ˜Š

    2. Snehal says:

      Narasimha avatar of Lord Vishnu killed him. By the way, I wonder why we worship Holika. Anyways, happy holi everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. travelwisesr says:

        There is a school of thought that believes Holika threw her encasing on Prahalada at the right juncture to save him.

  2. Ben Butler says:

    That is such an inspirational post. You’re living the dream – literally!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Ben ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. emosassygirl says:

    Happy Holi ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Erin Knight says:

    Holi is definitely a great holiday to celebrate. Congrats on starting your travel blog and look forward to reading more of your travel stories.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Erin ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Iโ€™ve never even heard of this holiday before! And the history behind is fascinating! This is so interesting! I love learning about new things like this Iโ€™ve never heard of before!

  6. terristeffes says:

    Oooo! I want to see this in person. I want to know more! I am going to dig deeper and learn about Holi!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      That’s so good to hear ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. ss200406720 says:

    Glad your going to live your dream! Holi is a dream for me as well.

  8. saverango says:

    Wish you a very happy and Colorful HOLI!!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. I’ve never heard of this before. I hope it’s a great one!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  10. The festival of colors! A friend once introduced me to the celebration and I’ve always wanted to attend it ever since!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Please do come over to India & you would have a great time.

  11. Happy holi…..know about other festivals of India-

    https://boldblushblog.com/2018/10/04/popular-indian-festivals/

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Krati. Hope you enjoyed too.

  12. Porsha carr says:

    I feel like my kids would enjoy this just as much as me ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes Porsha. They would have a great time.

  13. Lisa Favre says:

    I had never heard of Holi Hai before but what a beautiful celebration! I hope you enjoyed and had a great one.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Lisa. Yes had a memorable Holi ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Mincero says:

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    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much Mincero. Your appreciation makes me so happy. And comments like yours keep me going ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Holi sounds like a fun and messy event! My family would love to experience it!

  16. Sara Welch says:

    I would love to experience India for 8 months; what an amazing adventure that must have been!

  17. Sara Welch says:

    I would love to experience a different country for 8 months like you have in India. What an amazing experience!

  18. stylelullaby says:

    to be honest with you, i was not too familiar with holi prior to stumbling across your post. thank you for the enlightenment!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It was truly my pleasure ๐Ÿ˜Š

  19. Chandan Banerjeeb says:

    Fantastic. Short yet informative. Keep it up.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Chandan ๐Ÿ˜Š

  20. remo says:

    Holi is one of the most famous festivals in the world. Great write up. Happy holi to everyone!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      To you too Remo ๐Ÿ‘

  21. artch33 says:

    I like learning the history and tradition behind the holiday. :0) Thanks for sharing Holi hai.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      My pleasure artch ๐Ÿ˜Š

  22. Thank you so much for sharing about this wonderful Holiday! What an amazing celebration. I wish you a Happy Holi โ™ก

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much Sara ๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. Guru says:

    Holi is one of great festival. You wrote all about holi that was really nice. Thanks for giving us a useful information about this wonderful festival. Happy Holi!

  24. Roger Willis says:

    This was an awesome story! I love stories of folklore. This is one fantastic festival!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Roger. So happy that you liked it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  25. Eileen M Loya says:

    That must be a really fantastic event to witness. Everything looks beautiful inside and outside. Happy Holi!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Eileen.Yes it’s sheer fun.

  26. lforsythe7040 says:

    I have never heard of Holi, but it sounds like a great experience!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Come to India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ And have many such great experiences ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. I had not heard of Holi until a few weeks ago and it sounds like such a fun and festive celebration. As for your travel blogs, I have enjoyed reading them immensely and eagerly await the next chapter for you. Enjoy the festival of colors

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Scott. Your kind words makes a great difference. Motivates me ๐Ÿ˜Š

  28. I think I would be so awesome to write about travel for a living. Kudos to you for findong that happy.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Rose ๐Ÿ˜Š

  29. jaye shields says:

    Holi is so amazing. I’m lucky I got to participate in it once. I’ll never forget it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      So good to hear that Jaye ๐Ÿ˜Š

  30. Despite Pain says:

    This sounds like the perfect festival – bright colours, happiness, love. What a lovely celebration. I hadn’t heard of it until reading your post. You’re living your dream just now and I thank you for sharing it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much. Yes it’s lots of love & happiness on this occasion too like many other festivals here in India. I feel so happy that you enjoy reading my posts ๐Ÿ˜Š

  31. Candace says:

    Iโ€™ve never heard of Holi! You learn something new every day. I hope you are enjoying it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Candace. Just loved it.

  32. This is not something Iโ€™ve heard of before, but it sounds like a wonderful experience. Iโ€™d definitely want to make sure my visit to India was during this celebration.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Erica. Around Holi, Durga Puja, Diwali or Ganesh Chaturthi. Best time to visit India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  33. Mary Edwards says:

    Great insight.I didn’t know about this celebration!

  34. Thanks for introducing me to this holiday. I wasnโ€™t aware of it or its significance.

  35. Trish says:

    Beautiful post. I love the story you shared about the origin of the festival. I’m all for celebrating happiness too!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Trish. Happy that you liked it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  36. Mary Lentz says:

    I know very little about Indian culture and religion so this was a very interesting read – and you explain it so well. Youโ€™re a great story teller.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Mary for liking & your kind words ๐Ÿ˜Š

  37. It’s good to read about other peoples culture and this are those seasons that I would love to be able to witness. http://www.thecozyme.com

  38. Megan Kerry says:

    What a beautiful festival!! I would love to see this in person some day:)

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Come over Megan to India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  39. Love reading your blog and eagerly waiting for more travel posts. As for Holi, I simply hate smearing myself with all those colours but don’t mind watching from a distance. All festivals in India bring communities today.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Mayuri. I too used to be like that trying to avoid getting colored till someone would do it slyly. But it is fun ๐Ÿ˜Š

  40. Luna S says:

    This looks like it would be such a fun holiday to celebrate! I love seeing all of the colorful photos from those celebrating it.

  41. Blair villanueva says:

    This coming weekend, we are invited to celebrate Holi in Makati hosted by the Indian embassy. We are excited coz this is another colorful celebration.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Oh so good to hear. Have a great time Blair ๐Ÿ‘

  42. Thank you for this! Holi showed up automatically on my Apple calendar for the first time ever and I had no idea what it was! Thank you for this in-depth explanation of what sounds like a much-needed American holiday as well!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Come over Run. You’ll love it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  43. You have no idea how aggressive you are selling India to me with your wonderful posts. I will certainly keep it in mind and may reach out to you for advise on best travel plan. Do you have any post on Taj Mahal?

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’ll soon have one for you on Taj Mahal.Had visited recently ๐Ÿ˜Š

    2. travelwisesr says:

      And you are welcome anytime for any help in planning from my end ๐Ÿ˜Š

  44. Nina says:

    I love that this festival of love is signified by colors which has a pretty strong meaning. No matter what is the color of our skin, love must be shown at all times. I would love to be in this festival!

  45. Elizabeth O says:

    I love Holi and everything it stands for. I’d love to participate in it next year for sure.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      So nice to hear Elizabeth. Please do connect for any help that you may require for planning. And welcome to India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ next year.

  46. tcleland88 says:

    This is such an interesting holiday. I love all the traditions and symbolism behind it. It sounds like so much fun.

  47. Kippi says:

    I am smiling ear to ear. Your travel blog is fun and I wish I celebrating with you the Holi it looks like a blast! Happy Spring Celebration, Kippi #kippiathome

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