Holi is one of the most important festival of India which is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the followers of the Hindu religion. It is also knowns as the Festival of Colours which occurs in March Month of every year on a full moon day.
Holi is about celebrating happiness with your friends, family and relatives by forgetting your all tensions, troubles and relationship conflicts. Holi is called the festival of colours because on this day we play with colours(gulal) by applying them on other's faces. Holi symbolizes the win of good over evil.
History of Holi Celebration
According to Hindu Religious, it was believed that long years ago there was a demon king named Hiranyakashyapu. He had a son named Prahlad and a sister Holika. Lord Shiva and Brahma granted a boon to Hiranyakashyapu that no weapon, or creature can kill him on the ground/sky and day/night. His sister Holika also had a boon that she will not burn in fire.
Hiranyakashipu wanted the people of his kingdom to worship him as God, but his son Prahlad was a great devotee of Vishnu and refuse to worship his father as a god, which Hiranyakashipu did not like at all. That's why Hiryakashyap along with his sister made a plan to kill Prahlad, in which Holika went into the fire and made Prahlad sit on his lap, but in place of Prahlad, Holika burnt in the fire. It is believed that after seeing Prahlad's devotion, God helped him. Since that people start celebrating Holi as the win of good over evil.
The Celebrating of the Holi Festival
Holi is celebrated with great pomp in India. Holika Dahan is celebrated a day before Holi, on this day we burn a pile of wood which is considered a symbol to eliminate the forces of evil by recalling the story of the Holi celebration. On the day of Holi mother used to make delicious food and we kids start filling our water guns and balloons to play with each other. People used to drink 'bhaang' and eat 'gujiya' on that day. In the evening families used to visit their relative's homes to wish them Happy Holi and enjoy the day with each other until nightfall.
Holi spreads devotion and fraternity towards each other. Holi symbolizes the win of good over evil. This festival of colour brings people closer to each other and removes all stress and negativity from their life.