Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Holi

Holi is celebrated on the day after full moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun. It is the celebration of the arrival of spring. Spring is the time when nature spreads its colors everywhere. And hence is celebrated by spraying colored water and throwing powdered colors on each other.

According to Hindu mythology, the evil king Hirankashyapu forbade his son Prahlad to worship Lord Vishnu. Prahlad did not stop his worship. To put an end to this he ordered his sister Holika to sit with Prahlad on a pyre. Holika was supposed to be immune to fire. Prahlad prayed to Vishnu who saved him and instead Holika was burnt to death. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.

The festival is also associated to the love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Krishna always used to complain to his mother Yashoda about Radhas fairer complexion. Yashoda told him to apply color to Radha and see how her complexion changed. Due to this Holi is extended over a larger period in Vrindavan and Mathura, the 2 cities to which Krishna is affiliated.

On the first day of Holi, in the evening, a bonfire is lit. All the waste wood is used for the bonfire. On the next day is Rang Panchami on which people spray friends and family with colored powder and water.

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