The festival of colors is around the corner, and we are ready to satisfy our foodie trait with gujiya, thandai and many more Holi delicacies. The second biggest festival in Hindu tradition is a celebration of victory of good over evil. Celebrated over two days Holika Dahan and Dhulandi , Holi would splash happiness all over India on 17th and 18th March this year. It is said that one should play Holi in Mathura and Vrindhavan atleast once.
Why do we celebrate Holi?
The legends in the history of Hindu Dharma say that there are popular two stories revolving around the two days of this festival.
Holika Dahan is celebrated as a victory of good over evil. It involves, demon king Hiranyakashipu, Prahalad- his son and a devotee of Lord Vishnu and his aunt, Holika. King Hiranyakashipu was given a boon that he no man or animal could kill him, he couldn’t be kill on a day or night or by any weapon. In ego of this, he commanded his people to worship just him. But when his own Prahalad turned out to be a worshipper of Shri Hari Lord Vishnu, he was enraged. He ordered his sister Holika to sit in a burning pyre with Prahalad on his lap, as fire couldn’t hurt Holika. As the pyre started burning, Prahalad started praying Lord Vishnu and instead Holika was burnt to ashes. That is why we do Holika Dahan on the evening of Holi.
Another story around Duleti or Dhulandi is a celebration of love of Radhe-Krishna. The story goes as Lord Krishna used to complain to Yashoda Maa about his dark complexion. One day, Yashoda maa jokingly suggested him to smear Radha’s face with colors, so he did. That’s how Holi celebration with colors started in India that is Bharat.
Holi is the something that is everyone’s favorite, be it a child or an adult. Whether you love to play with water and colors or just relax and eat your favorite Holi delicacies. Apart from usual colors, the Lath Maar Holi of Mathura and Phoolwali Holi in Vrindhavan is quite famous in the country.
The government of Uttar Pradesh has declared a three-day holiday to celebrate this joyful festival, whereas Maharashtra government imposed several restrictions on Holi celebrations.
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