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Happy Holi 2022: Today is Holi, know why and how this special festival of colors is celebrated

Happy Holi 2022: Today, the festival of Holi, which is among the major festivals of India, is being celebrated all over the country. According to the Hindu Panchang, Holi is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Phalgun and today on March 18, Holi with colors is being played. On the same day, on March 17, Holika Dahan was done. Holi, a festival of colors, symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Holi festivals in many parts of the country begin with the arrival of spring. Holi of Mathura, Vrindavan, Govardhan, Gokul, Nandgaon and Barsana are very famous. In these too, the joy of Barsana’s Lathmar Holi is made only on seeing it.

Why is Holi celebrated?

There is a mythological story behind celebrating Holi. According to this legend, Hiranyakashipu, the king of tyrannical demons in ancient times, did penance and got a boon from Brahma that no animal, god, demon or human being could kill him. Neither did he die in the night, nor in the day, nor on earth, nor in the sky, nor in the house, nor outside. Even no weapon can kill him. On getting such a boon, he became extremely autocratic. Hiranyakashyap had a son, whom he named Prahlada. Prahlada, unlike his father, was an unwavering believer in God. Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and was blessed by Lord Vishnu.

Hiranyakaship ordered Prahlada not to praise anyone other than him. On Prahlad’s refusal, Hiranyakashipu took off after killing him. He took many measures to kill Prahlada, but he was saved by the grace of God. Hiranyakashyap’s sister Holika had the blessing of escaping from the fire. Hiranyakashyap, with the help of his sister Holika, hatched a conspiracy to kill Prahlad in the fire.

Holika sat in the fire raising the boy Prahlada on her lap. By the grace of God, Prahlada did not even feel the heat and Holika was consumed by burning it there. Thus Holika died in an attempt to kill Prahlada. After this, to kill Hiranyakashyap, Lord Vishnu came out from the pillar in the avatar of Narasimha in the twilight time. He killed the tyrannical Hiranyakashyap by sitting on the doorpost. It is said that since then the festival of Holi started being celebrated.

Importance of Holi

Holi has special significance for Hindus. By the way, not only the Hindus but also those who follow other religions also get immersed in the fun of Holi and celebrate this festival fiercely. This festival, which spreads the color of brotherhood with enthusiasm, zeal and gaiety, is an integral part of Indian culture. A day before Holi, the festival of the victory of good over evil, Holika is burnt in place and happiness is distributed by blowing colors. On the next day of Holika Dahan, the festival of colors is celebrated with pomp in every street. This festival shows that no matter how powerful the evil is, it cannot stand in front of the good.

How to celebrate Holi?

In many places, the festival of Holi begins with Basant Panchami, but mainly the festival is of two days. Holika Dahan is done on the first day, while the color Holi is played the next day. Holi, which burns on the first day of this festival, is known as Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan. On this day, in every intersection and street, big Holi is decorated with Gulari, Condoms and Woods. After this Holika is worshiped and after orbiting it, it is set on fire. People sing and dance during this period. After Holika Dahan, there is also a tradition of applying each other Abir-Gulal. While the younger ones touch their elders’ feet and seek their blessings, the elder wishes his followers a successful future, good health and long life.

The main festival of Holi is celebrated the next day of Holika Dahan, which is called Holi with colors. People wear white clothes on this day and vaccinate each other for Abir-Gulal. Young children play Holi with squirrels, balloons and water. The whole house smells of mohalla, gujhiya, chaat-pakori and the smell of cold. During this time people go to each other’s house and play Holi together.

It is said that on this festival of colors, enemies are also embraced. On Holi, people dance a lot on the beat of music. The entire atmosphere is worth seeing when the gang of halyars comes out of the streets. After playing Holi, people take a bath and after some rest, there is a process of meeting again in the evening. People take Gujhiya to each other’s home and once again wish Holi.

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