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, 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 💃🏾🕺
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 🎊
So what are we waiting for. Let’s get going. 🏃Start 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. 🚴 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 💕
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 🇮🇳