The festival of love, the festival of colour, Holi festival- whatever you’d like to call it- is celebrated in almost every part of India, so there’s some things you have to know!
It’ll bring a whole lot of positivity into your life, that’s for sure, and the ritual itself is enough to impress.
Take a quick scroll through the seven things you really should know about Holi festival and you’ll never look back…
1-The meaning behind it all
The festival draws on different myths- one of them being the legend of Radha and Krishna! Krishna loved Radha, but felt self-conscious about how different their skin-colours were.
His mother advised to him to take a confident step forward so he went and playfully painted Radha’s face so it was the same colour as his.
Lovers are known to join in the festival following this tradition and by colouring their faces the same colour during the celebrations!
It is one of the most celebrated festivals in India with the intention of uniting people together to rid resentment and all types of bad feelings towards eachother.
The sheer amount of colour within the festival represents the postitivity of the celebrations- it is a day worth rejoicing!
3-A day and a night
The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, starting in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun.
It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on the first evening of the festival, and the following day is called Holi!
4-Good over evil
The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and this is what the ritual is based around!
It truly begins the day before the festival where people gather wood for the bonfire and it ends with the celebration of colour…
Take one look around you and you will see everyone taking delight in spraying colour water over eachother- it is all based around joyful, fun activities!
5-Wide spread celebrations
Holi is actually celebrated in more than one place! This includes Mauritius, the Philippines, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Pakistan, and Fiji.
The exact date of the festival is determined by the Hindu calendar! And in the brag region of India, Holi festival is actually celebrated for sixteen days…
Other than Holi festival, the festival of love and the festival of colours, the event is popularly known by one saying…
That phrase is “bura na mano, Holi hai!” This means “do not mind, it’s Holi!”
7-Hello to Spring
The colours of the festival actually represent one more thing- the beginning of Spring!
The variety of the colours in the paint reflect the various hues of the Spring season. It is a goodbye to the winter season and a hello to brighter and more colourful things…
What do you think of Holi festival? Do you want to be there to celebrate a tradition with such a burst of colour? Would you want to cruise to a festival? Leave us your comments below…
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