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Holi:The Festival of Colours
Transcript of Holi:The Festival of Colours
Holi is a spring festival that Hindus celebrate around March. This festival lasts 3-16 days depending on where a person live in India. Holi begins on the full moon day of the last month in the Hindu calendar which is called Phalgun Purnima. Phalgun Purnima varies every year. History and Origin
This festival was initially created to celebrate good overcoming evil from the popular legend of Prahlad, Prahalad, or Prahlada (different variations of the name).
- Prahlad is the son of a demon king named Hiranyakashyap.
- Hiranyakashyap want everyone to worship him, but Prahlad was devoted to Lord Naarayana.
- The demon king order his sister, Holika who is immune to fire, to kill Prahlad in fire. - Prahlad was unharmed due to Lord Vishnu’s protection and Holika was burned as she is only immune if alone. - Holika’s death was the consequence of her evil actions which is the theme of Holi (good over evil). Holi Traditions:
- Gulal (coloured powder) is arranged on a platter
- Coloured water is placed on small brass pot - people make a bonfire and ask for blessings
- Sing folk songs and dance
- People greet each other with gifts ( Holi colours, sweets and dried fruit)
- Drink Bhang Ki Thandai (made from female cannabis or hemp plant) Videos: http://www.dailymotion.com/hub/x5pj_Holi#video=xk29id The Legend of Prahlad: Worshippers light a bonfire which symbolizes the burning of evil (Holi means burning). The name of the festival derived from Holika. - People then throw the gulal to people, sometimes gulal with water Other Meaning Behind Holi
Holi also celebrates the arrival of Spring. Holi commemorate good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. That's why Holi is also called the Festival of Colours. It is the least religious holiday, but is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate wildly. In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this day. As a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement, fun and joy.