What is Holi?
Holi is the festival of love and colors. Holi celebrates the eternal divine love between Radha and Lord Krishna and the tale of Holika.
The legend of Holika is about Prahlad whose life was in danger from his father, the asura king Hiranyakashipu, for worshipping Lord Vishnu.
Once, the king’s sister Holika, attempted to seat Prahlad in her lap in a bonfire, as she was immune to fire due to a boon. Lord Vishnu protected Prahlad and robbed Holika of her powers, causing her to burn.
Holi is Celebrated Month:
Holi lasts for one night and one day, beginning on the evening of Purnima, or Full Moon Day in the month of Phalguna.
Holi Festival Significance:
Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil, with devotees praying that their internal evil will be destroyed the way Holika was killed in the fire.
It also celebrates the arrival of spring, blossoming of love, and encourages forgiveness and the mending of broken relationships.
When Holi is Celebrated:
- Holi is celebrated with Holika Puja and Dahan which consists of a bonfire to symbolize the burning of Holika to save Prahlad.
- The next day is celebrated with Dhuleti, where everyone rejoices and plays with color and water for the victory of truth.
These celebrations have spread to non-Hindu communities. Recently, even places of Europe and North America celebrate Holi as a celebration of spring, love, and colors.
We wish you a Happy Holi!