About Holi Festival
In a country as large, abundantly and diversely populated as India, the spirit of joi de virre exists in every time of the year in the form of festivals that is a specialty of the Indian soil. Every festivals marks the festivity with great pomp and show, with delicious delicacies, with fun and frolic, newly tailored cloths, and much more, hut one distinguishing factor that makes Holi special is the smearing and sprinkles of colors. Red, blue, yellow, green, orange-each color finds its way and the whole ambiance is nothing but just colorful.
Holi is treated as the most spectacular and colorful festivals of India, harbinger of the spring season, Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and harmony across the Country. The specialty of the occasion only lies in being the festival of colorful revelry but also signifies a new beginning with the promise of the warmth of summer after many months of wintry chill.
Yes! To remind you of the very special celebration of holi in the most romantic manner , just tap your foot at the ‘rang barse bhige chunar wali’ song of movie Silsila.
So holi is one festival that every young heart looks forward to celebrate. And how can one think of holi complete Without relishing over the specially prepared ‘thandai’ with loads of ‘Bhang’ added to it. This is the season when guys outrageously smear their womenfolk with color soaking not only their clothes but also their heart that is fill of love for each other. Some find it a special occasion to express their feelings to their beloved.
Others like those of the elite class celebrate the festival in a more extravagant manner, by throwing a lavish party for their friends at their richly decorated and laid down farm houses where the impact of modernity is visible in the form of great wine, food and of course colors. But nothing exactly matter when it corners to holi as the saying that normally goes with the festival is “bura na mano holi hai (don’t mind, it is time to celebrate holi)” .
Like any other festival, Holi has also a mythological legend attached to its origin. According to the tale, Hiranyan Kashyap, the demon who ruled over ‘sapta deep’ believed himself to be more powerful than God. He contemplated killing his youngest son Prahiad, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu after he refused to worship him as god. Holika, the demon’s sister who possessed a divine garment to protect her from fire, agreed to enter the burning pyre with Prahalad in her lap hut got burnt herself and Prahalad emerged safe out of the pyre.
Later Narsirmha, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu killed Kashyap in a dramatic way. Holi thus signifies the triumph of good over evil and is marked by grand festivities all over India. People celebrated the end of the demon king by smearing each other with colors, singing and dancing to the joy. Holi is celebrated with great gaiety and fervour in the Braj area.
It is believed that Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, in human form ‘ played holi with the I Gopi’s (cowherd maids) in the ancient past, which too is considered how young people enjoyed. Keeping this tradition alive in Braj, Holi celebrations lasts for more than a week and are marked by people sprinkling colored water and smearing colored powder on each other.
The playful teasing of the Gopis by the Gopas (cowherd boys) is enacted by groups of men and women through special holi songs and dances, called Rasiya. It is the only festival in India that gives one the license to drop formality, convention, norms, pretensions and do what would in other times be considered completely unacceptable.
Known as the ‘lattmar holi’, on this day people and friends from different villages come together in Barsana to celebrate the festival. The village women luring this period have the freedom to take up cudgels against their men folk while the men folk protect themselves with huge plates made of steel or raw jute while showered with colors water through nit the game as an expression of joy.
The venue for this amazing play of colors is the Ladiji ka mandir- a temple dedicated to Lord Radha Rani. A beautiful cultural evening and a sumptuous dinner marks the end of the day in Barsana. The day after Barsana Holi, its the turn of Nandgaon to get soaked with the myriad hues o holi. Men and women collect here in large number to enjoy the essence of holi. A week long fun and frolic is given a heart warming farewell at Falen where a priest walks barefooted on a pyre of burning ambers, symbolizing Prahalad’s emergence from the burning pyre unharmed, spreading the message of love and brotherhood.
So with the festival, just round the corner, its ‘Happy Holi’ for the people.
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