No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. We, Indians, are known for our cultures. Moreover, we celebrate each and every small thing as festivals. ‘Festival of Colours’ or ‘Festival of Love’ or commonly celebrated as ‘HOLI’ is a Hindu spring festival in India. The festival bespeaks the victory of good over evil.
In the past, only people in India and Nepal observed Holi. But now, people from all over the world loves to celebrate this festival. The festival lasts for two days starting on the Full Moon Day. Usually, the festival falls between the end of February or in the middle of March.
This year, Holi begins on March 12, 2017 (Sunday) and ends the next day that is the evening of March 13, 2017 (Monday).
HOLI – THE FESTIVAL OF COLOURS
The Chapter 7 of Bhagavad Gita explains clearly about Holi. The plot goes this way.
King Hiranyakashipu, the King of evils earned a boon that gave him 5 special powers.
- The king can be killed neither by a human nor an animal
- He can neither die indoors nor outdoors
- He can neither die at day nor night
- The king can neither be killed by any Astra or Shastra. Astra refers to some projectile weapons like Arrows whereas Shastra refers to handheld weapons, for instance, sword.
- Moreover, the king can’t die either on land or in air.
If you have read the 5 special powers, you can say that the king Hiranyakashipu can never face death at all.
However, the king’s son, Prahlada disagreed. He remained a devoted follower of Lord Vishnu and considered that none is more powerful than the Lord himself. This enraged the king, who ordered cruel punishments for his son, but nothing worked on Prahlada.
At one instance, Holika, Prahlada’s aunt made him sit with her on a bonfire. Holika wore a cloak that is resistible to fire. But, as the fire built up, the cloak flew from Holika and covered Prahlada. As a result, without the cloak, Holika burned alive and Prahlada survived.
Holika Dahan is the first customary celebration during Holi. During this, people perform religious customs in front of a bonfire and pray for their internal evil to be burned to flames.
The second part of the Holi celebration is the Rangwali Holi. This is celebrated as a symbol of Lord Vishnu’s victory over King Hiranyakashipu. But how did the Lord destroy him with those special powers on the line? Yeah, he managed to do that.
Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Narasimha who is half human and half lion (animal), took the king to the doorstep at dusk, placed him on his lap and killed him with his lion claws. Did this satisfy the 5 special powers? You are free to analyse. There is always a way above every odds. This victory is celebrated with utmost joy and colours which became the main part of this festival of colours.
During Holi, people come out with colour water and water guns. They apply colours on their pals and other apply it in return. The day of immense joy and extra happiness.
In fact, some people look for this day to take an oath to forget their past errors and live the life with the concept of forgetting and forgiving.
Let this festival of joy which has started yesterday (March 12, 2017) evening bring you more victories. Let it also give you strength to assist you to climb the steps of the ladder of success with ease and in a straight-forward way.
HAPPY HOLI FOLKS!