Significance of Holi
In India, holi is being celebrated since ancient times. We can find glimpses of Holi in Puranas and Ratnavali. This festival promotes unity, love, and peace. On this day, people visit their friends and relatives to wish them happy Holi. They forget and forgive each other for the old quarrel. This festival symbolizes that good will always dominate evil. If you walk in the path of truth, no one can destroy your faith.
It is believed that Lord Krishna applied color to Radha and their love never ends. The trend of applying color started from there. People apply color to their loved ones to keep their love alive forever.
Holi brings the end of winter season in India. With the happiness of Holi people welcome spring and the harvest season. Love, laugh, meet, forgive, and happiness is the motive of this festival.
Story of Celebrating Holi
Every festival is associated with some mythological stories; Holi is none other than that. People see the festival of Holi as the win of good over bad due to the story of Hiranyakashipu.
Hiranyakashipu was an arrogant and powerful king who considered himself immortal. He wants every people of his kingdom to worship him instead of any God. But, Prahlad (Hiranyakashipu’s son) was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu tried to stop him in every possible way. He also tortured him for worshipping Lord Vishnu. Prahlad opposed his father and continued his deep devotion for God.
Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu was blessed with a boon that she would not be harmed by the fire. Hiranyakashipu ordered his sister to kill his son. Holika took Prahlad on her lap and sat on fire with the intention of killing him. But Prahlad was not affected by the fire; in fact Holika perished. Later lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu by taking “Narasimha” (half man, half lion) avatar.Due to this famous story, people burn wood and evil a day before Holi. This is known as Holika Dahan.
Holi is the favorite festival of all the children. Their excitement can be clearly seen in their faces. They love playing with pichkari (water guns). Playing with colors that are made up of chemicals have side-effects and can harm your skin. Many organic colors, free from toxins, are available in the market. Enjoy Holi with healthy practices.