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HOLI Festival in India
Transcript of HOLI Festival in India
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub 'gulal' and 'abeer' on each others' faces and cheer up saying, "bura na maano Holi hai". Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift.
Significance of Different Colors
Red - Purity
Green - Vitality
Blue - Calm and sedateness
Yellow - Pious feeling
SOCIAL & ECONOMIC IMPACT
Even the way we play Holi is becoming dangerous. Throwing water filled balloons has become rampant, which is very harmful. People should realise, what is fun for them could cause injury to the eyes and ears to the other person, specially when thrown from a distance and with force.
HOLI Festival in India
Here are some exotic and intoxicating Bhang Recipes to help you enjoy the Holi Festival the traditional ways !! Relish these Bhang dishes with friends and dear ones and add more excitement to Holi celebrations.
Holi MessagesFlavoured bhang drink
2 cups water
1 ounce marijuana (fresh leaves and flowers of a female plant preferred)
4 cups warm milk
2 tablespoons blanched and chopped almonds
1/8 teaspoon garam masala (a mixture of cloves, cinnamon, and cardamon)
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 to 1 teaspoon rosewater
1 cup sugar
It is to be noted that Holi can become more soothing after the play with colours with the use of natural colours. As natural colours are obtained from skin friendly sources such as turmeric or haldi, flower extracts, sandalwood, mehndi besides several others. Besides, natural colours are cheap and can easily be prepared at home.
Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as 'Holika'. The festivals finds a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini's Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India.
It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.
HOW IT STARTS
The businessmen bring in colors, sprayers, balloons and plastic pouches especially targeting Holi with an estimated business of around Rs 25 million in the valley. The retailers’ association, with affiliation of over 5,000 retail stores, claimed that the Holi business including liquors is over Rs 100 million. Each of these 5,000 stores does a business of over Rs 5,000 during Holi. “The business during Holi is good in the past few years. Holi has provided a good opportunity of business to retailers across the country.
Celebration of the various legends associated with Holi reassure the people of the power of the truth as the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad also points to the fact that extreme devotion to god pays as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter. All these legends help the people to follow a good conduct in their lives and believe in the virtue of being truthful. This is extremely important in the modern day society when so many people resort to evil practices for small gains and torture one who is honest. Holi helps the people to believe in the virtue of being truthful and honest and also to fight away the evil.
There are over 1,500 restaurants in the Valley alone and many of them even organized special programs for Holi. The restaurants in Thamel organized Holi programs since morning targeting tourists. Our correspondents in Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar and elsewhere also reported good business across the country. REBAN, Pokhara also organized special programs to attract tourists during Holi.
by: Sofia Morales