Holi: Festival of colors..
Just by the name of it you feel that it would be an amazingly awesome event!
Unfortunately I can’t go this year, but it won a spot on the ‘to do’ list of my life. Right next to the Burning man festival 😀
Many many thanks to Stephan and Jim for telling me about these events and spreading the joy 🙂
Holiis an ancient festival of India and was originally known as ‘Holika’. The festival finds a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras. Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India.
Days before the festival people start gathering wood for the lighting of the bonfire called Holika at the major crossroads of the city.
Then on the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan takes place. Effigy of Holika, the devil minded sister of demon King Hiranyakashyap is placed in the wood and burnt. For, Holika tried to kill Hiranyakashyap’s son Prahlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of a true devotee.
Next day, is of course the main day of Holi celebrations. The day is called Dhuleti
and it is on…
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