Holi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals which indicate the arrival of spring as well as the triumph of good on evil. The biggest attraction of the Holly Festival is a game with colors and festivals that have already started this year.
Although this colorful festival originated in the country of India, this festival is celebrated widely in different parts of the world. This article talks about all the things you should know about this festival, the way it originated, and the reasons called the use of colored powder popularly known as “Gulal” to explain Holly.
The Holly Festival begins every year on the night of the full moon of the month of Falagona, usually between the end of February and mid-March. The festival continues until the following day. In 2018, the festival begins on March 1, and this is the first of two full moons in March.
The first night of the Holly Festival is known as “Holika Dahan” or “Chhoti Holi”. People gather in the afternoons of Holika Dahan around the fire to celebrate the triumph of good over the forces of evil. People perform various religious rituals, including praying and praying to God, in which they seek to destroy evil within themselves and become good and welcome human beings.
The day known as Holika Dahan as “Holi” or “Rang-wali Holi”. This is the main day of the festival in which people make their loved ones like the color of the colored ghouls, and color their friends and families with water balloons and water pistols so that the colors of the people will stick together.
This is crucial to know the basic story behind Holly’s celebrations. According to the beliefs that originate from Hindu mythology, Holika is the sister of the devil’s king who is named Hiranyakashipu. This devil king was immortal and also with the following five supernatural powers:
– Satanic king can never be killed by humans or animals.
– Can never be killed outdoors or indoors.
– The demonic king can not be killed during the day or night.
– Can never be killed on the ground or in the air.
– The Hindu demonic king can not be killed with a gun or a shell.
At the right time, the demonic king began to misuse his powers and became evil. Then his son, Brahalad, wanted to avoid his bad deeds, so he wanted to kill him. When the king realized that his son wanted to kill him, he asked his sister Holika for help. The king and his sister devised a plan where Holika would wear a fireproof head and take Prahlad to the stake to kill Prahlad, while Holika would remain untouched. However, the flame retardant layer escaped from Holika’s shoulders and covered Prahlad. Then, Brahalad was finally saved and Holika’s evil was killed at stake. Then Lord Vishnu himself appeared to kill the evil King Haraniakashipu in a way that would defeat all five great powers owned by the king.
Lord Vishnu appeared on behalf of Narasimha, who turned out to be half a lion and half a human being. The wicked king was found in the door which was neither outside nor inside. It was dark, so it was not night or day. Narasimha put the evil king in his bosom, which was neither in the air nor on the earth. Then he attacked the evil king with the help of the claws of his lion, which was not a handgun or shell.
Colored gulal is used on the second day of the festival to celebrate the love of the Lord Krishna and his beloved Lord. Holly is a fair game that uses a powder-colored powder called gulle to lick each other. Colored powder is also used to indicate the beginning of the mild spring season, when nature is also rich in color and delightful during the season. According to the story, gulal is prepared from extracts of flowers and turmeric paste, but in modern times, synthetic versions of gulal are also available. The four main colors used to prepare the gulal have four different meanings. Red color reflects fertility and love, blue is the symbol Lord Krishna, green symbolizes the new beginnings and spring freshness, while the color yellow is the color of turmeric.