Holi The Color of Festivals is Here!
India is the country which is rich in colors and customs. Varied customs and religions are followed across the country. Each festival is celebrated by one and all, with great enthusiasm and zeal. All the festivals are a testimony to the nations unity in diversity. One such significant spring festival is Holi. Holi is associated with the arrival of the spring season and marks the end of the winter season. It’s a festive day to meet loved ones, play with colors, enjoy a delicious feast and begin afresh. Apart from this it also has historical significance.
Holi is celebrated on the evening of the Purnima falling in the Vikram Samvat month of Phaguna as per Hindu Calender. It is one of the most vibrant Hindu festivals.
History of Holi
Indian Mythology if studied will give you so many stories and beliefs associated with every festival and celebrations. The most popular associated with Holi is the tale of Prahlad and Hiranyakahsyap.
According to the legend, there was a powerful yet despicable king Hiranyakashyap who considered himself to be God and wanted everyone around him to worship him and consider him God. To his dismay, Prahlad, his son, a good soul started worshipping Lord Vishnu instead and refused to take his father’s orders even though he was constantly threatened. Angry at his son’s disobedience, Hiranyakashyap pronounced multiple punishments, none of which affected the little boy. Holika, the demon king’s evil sister tricked Prahlad into sitting with him on a pyre with her. Holika wore a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlad had nothing to save himself with. As the fire blazed, the cloak flew from Holika and covered Prahlad instead. This way the son survived and his evil aunt burned to ashes on the spot. This is also why this festival celebrates the symbolic victory of good over evil.
Hence, Choti holi or dhulivandan is celebrated as a mark of victory of good over evil. This is also marked as the beginning of summers and end of the winters.
How is the festival celebrated?
The festival of colors is celebrated with much enthusiasm by people across the country. On the day of Holi, loved ones bond over colors, dancing, singing and a magnificent feast. As you travel from one house to other the streets are filled with colors spilled across.
People in groups go from one house to other and color them. In some urban cities, there are events organized to celebrate the festival. People gather and enjoy themselves with colors, music, food and, bhaang.
What is the ideal holi food
One of the most popular sweets of this festival is Gujiya, a khoya-filled fried dumpling. Apart from this, thandai, puran poli, are some of the popular sweets that are made during this festival. Tired after playing colors people tend to have an elaborate lunch and relax.
In the evening, friends and families together come and celebrate the evening.
Invited to a holi party? Well though Holi is a fun festival these types of invitations make you wonder if gifting is required.
Well, when in doubt it is better to gift something rather than keep wondering. Gift something useful, something which would surely delight the consumer.
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Fruits make an ideal gifting solution during festivals, as they are preferred by all. Fruits are filled with natural vitamins, minerals and are perfect anti-oxidant. Fruits are valued and appreciated by everyone for their various health benefits.
So this Holi when you go to wish someone, do gift them fresh and juicy delights.