Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, celebrated all over India. This festival is popularly known as the “festival of Colours”, “festival of love”, “festival of spring”. This festival also become popular in non-Hindu communities in India. Through the diaspora from the India subcontinent, it becomes popular in other areas of Asia and parts of the western. Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan are extremely famous throughout India.
Why Holi celebrated:
Holi is celebrated for, the arrival of spring, blossoming of love, end of winter, the victory of good over evil and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.
What we do in Holi:
Holi starts on the night before Holi with “Holika Dahan”, where people perform rituals in front of a bonfire , praying for the inner evil to be destroyed just as Holika was killed in the fire. The festival of Colours starts from the next day, where people play with colours and drench each other in colour water through water balls and water guns ( Pichkari ). There are also groups of people who dance and sings from place to place by carrying instruments and dholak.
When is Holi celebrated:
Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalunga (February – March). This festival is celebrated for two to three days.
What colours are used in Holi:
There are many colours that are used in Holi. But there are mainly four colours that are significantly used those are Red, Blue, Yellow, Green.
- Red – It reflects love and fertility
- Blue – Colour of God Krishna
- Yellow – Colour of turmeric ( Turmeric – a power that is used as a natural remedy)
- Green – It symbolizes new beginning and spring.
Things to do in Holi festival:
- Playing with colours
- Group singing
- Take part in Matki Fod competition
- Dance on beats of drums and dholka