Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wish all of you a very Happy and colorful Holi....

The Festival of Holi heralds the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is Celebrated on Purnima, the full moon day. The occasion starts with bonfires lit at night and move's to the next day when everyone play HOLI with coloured powder (Gulal) and water...




Holi marks the advent of spring in India and people joyously celebrate it with a splash of colour, just like the nature blooms with colourful yellow, blue and red blossoms and green leaves. As the legends tell, Holi is an occasion for the celebration of firstly the burning of kama "the Hindu equivalent of Cupid" with the fire emanated from the third eye of Lord Shiva; secondly, the burning of demoness Holika and protection of her Nephew "Prahlad" whom she wanted to burn; and thirdly, the burning of Putana's effigy by Yadava tribes of Mathura (Putana wanted to kill the child Lord Krishna).






The emphasis of Holi rituals is on the burning of the demoness Holika, on the eve of Holi, large bornfires are lit to mark the occasion and to burn evil spirits. The Spring festival of India, Holi is celevrated on Purnima (full moon day) of month Phalgun, according to the Hindu calendar. It is meant to welcome the spring and win the blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land.





Holi in India is a festival of fun and frolic and has been associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. On the next day, people spend the whole day throwing colored powder and water at each other.




Tradition of celebrating Holi alive everywhere in the world; we play with colors, sing Holi bhajans and folk songs, exchange gifts and sweets and greet each other. The evenings are spent in meeting friends and acquaintance living in different parts of the city or town. Holi fair and processions are also organised on this occasion. Thandai and Gujiya's are the traditional sweets for the day.




The special puja (worship) are performed in temples; The festival really breaths an atmosphere of social merriment and knows no bars and boundaries. People burry hatchets with a warm embrace. Men, women; old and young alike are covered with colours. Everyone gets involved at this occasion in one single activity singing, dancing and smearing colours on each other’s face.





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