Holi Festival In India: Each year Holi is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, love, and enjoyment. All over India or where ever the Indian community lives, it’s been celebrated with full of joy. Holi is the day when everyone takes out some time from their busy schedule and play Holi with their close ones. Nowadays, Holi is all about colors, music, fun, food, and brotherhood. In each part of India Holi celebration have their versions. Especially in Holi celebration in Vrindavan and Mathura is unique.
When is Holika Dahan in 2019: Wednesday, 20th March
When is Holi in 2019: Thursday, 21st March
When Is Holi Celebrated?
Holi festival in India is usually celebrated when winters are about to over in India. According to the Hindu calendar, Holi is celebrated in March after observing the full moon day of Phagun (Month in Hindu Calendar).
What is Holika Dahan & Why Holi Is Celebrated?
The story of Holika: In India, each festival has a gripping tale or reasons to celebrate it. Just like other festivals in India, Holi also has one story as per the holy books. To know what is Holika Dahan we need to tell you this story: So, there was an evil and powerful king named Hiranyakashipu. He was known for his ego, power, and cruelty. He announced to all his people to consider him as a god, and they are not allowed to worship for any other God. Otherwise, he would be punished for death. But, his son Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.
Due to Prahlada’s devotion to Lord Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu tried to kill his son for several times but couldn’t succeed. He was so disappointed with his affords then he called his evil and elusive sister Holika. By the blessings of Lord Brahma, she could not be burned in the fire. To kill his son, Hiranyakashipu asked her sister Holika to sit in the fire with Prahlada. Hiranyakashipu set huge bonfire for Holika & Prahlada. When she sat in the bonfire with Prahlada, he was chanting Lord Vishnu’s name, and by his pure devotion again he was safe in that fire, but Holika was burned despite blessing on her. Since then Holika Dahan has been celebrated to burn all evil spirit.
The story of Radha Krishna: Often people wants to know why Holi is celebrated? It also has a loving tale of Radha Krishna’s love. In the region of UP, there is a village called Brij or Vrindavan, where this celebration has begun. As per the tale, Krishna was dark skinned, and Radha was fair, so Krishna used to be very upset when people compared him with Radha. When his mother said if you are very upset, go and color the face of Radha in any color you want, and Krishna performed the same. After this incident, everyone in that area started playing Holi, and it became famous all over India. As Lord Krishna and Radha played the first Holi, it became the symbol of Love and celebrated with a lot of joy.
Best Ways to celebrate Holi
As Holi is a festival of love and brotherhood, we must play it fair and beautiful. We must meet people with a feeling of love and forgiveness. Holi can be celebrated in a group, where you can arrange good music, food, and drinks followed by healthy competitions. These are the best ways to celebrate Holi for a fantastic experience.
Food For Holi: As Holi is full of joy, you must have some exclusive food arrangements. Let’s look at some best food options for Holi:
- Gujiya – A unique and special sweet for Holi
- Ras Malai – Sweet dough balls
- Bhang Laddoos – For an extra punch of Joy
- Paani Puri- Full of taste
Best Bollywood Songs for Holi: Without music and dance your Holi festival cannot be completed. Bollywood is full of best songs for Holi, here are some suggestions:
- Rang barse – Silsila
- Are ja re hat natkhat – Ganga Jamuna/Navrang
- Holi Khele Raghuveera – Baghban
- Badri Ki Dulhaniya – Badrinath ki dulhaniya
- Balam Pichkari – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
- Soni Soni – Mohabbatein
- Gali Gali – Pataakha
- Lahu Muh Lag Gaya – Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
- Do me a Favor Let’s Play Holi- Waqt
- Go Pagal – Jolly LLB 2
These best Holi songs from Bollywood will make your Holi celebration full of fun.
Modern Holi: Do’s and Don’ts of Holi
Though Holi is celebrated with colors, people have started violating the celebration. Due to its popularity and use of colors, Holi is an excellent time for business. In this modern time, various chemicals are available in the market in the form of Holi colors, which are profoundly harmful to the human body. Let’s know about Holi’s do’s & don’ts:
Do’s of Holi:
- Wear full & white outfits to look more colorful at Holi.
- While playing Holi use only dry and organic colors.
- You can apply coconut oil on your skin before you play Holi. It will keep your skin safe from any allergies.
- Also, use sunscreen to avoid sunburns.
- Wear sunglasses to avoid color’s contact with your eyes.
- Carry your camera for great Holi pictures for your memories.
Don’ts of Holi:
- Don’t take any skin treatment before after playing Holi to avoid damage.
- Don’t use harmful permanent colors; it may harm you or others.
- Avoid eye contact with colors; some colors may damage your eyesight temporarily or permanently.
- Careful while intake of alcohol or bhang, as it may ruin your Holi festival.
- Don’t enter in the crowd of unknown people if you are not in a group.
- Take care of others while putting colors, to avoid any injuries.
Hope, these do’s and don’t of Holi will help you out to have safe Holi.
Bura Naa Maano Holi Hain 😉 Have A Safe Holi