‘Holi’ is the festival of beautiful and vibrant colors and a festival that brings out the good in you. The festival Holi is a Hindu spring festival, that is generally celebrated in the Indian subcontinent but now the positive vibes of this festival has been extending to different nations as well.
The Holi Festival is actually celebrated with the significance of ‘good over evil’; it signifies the end of winters and the arrival of spring. Also, it is known to be celebrated for thanksgiving of a good harvest for the farmers.
The festival generally lies in the month of Phalguna, according to the Hindu calendar and starts on the ‘Purnima’ that is a full moon evening. This festival lies somewhat between February to mid-march and this year it is being celebrated on 1st of March (Holika Dahan) and 2nd of March (Dulhendi).
The festival is celebrated with the beginning of pious Holika-Dahan and ends with the colorful and joyous Dulhendi. These two rituals have the significance of their own and many ancient stories and myths related to it have been known to us. So let us discuss why exactly is Holi celebrated and what story prevailed behind it.
Holika Dahan and its Vishnu Legend
Holika Dahan has a very significant and interesting story behind the cause of its celebration. If we were to believe “Bhagwat Purana”, the story has been vividly mentioned in its chapter 7. So according to it, the festival of Holi is actually an honor given to ‘Lord Vishnu’ and his devotee follower ‘Prahlada’. Prahlada was the son of the demon king, Hiranyakashipu.
The story behind the Holi
King Hiranyakashipu was believed to earn a boon that imparted him with five special powers, that were, he could neither die at day nor at night, no one could kill him neither indoors nor outdoors, neither a human nor an animal could take his life, neither by an ‘Astra’ (any projectile weapon) nor any ‘Shastra’(handheld weapon), and lastly neither on land nor on water his life could be taken. Attaining such powers the demon king grew arrogant and started considering him as God and above all.
The demon king forced everyone to worship him as their Lord. But his son, Prahlada did not accept this as he was a strong devotee of Lord Vishnu. This made Hiranyakashipu turbulent and he started treating his son with cruelty and gave him punishments but this didn’t affect the Vishnu Devotee. Finally, his evil aunt, ‘Holika’, also known as Hiranyakashipu’s sister cunningly deceived him by making him sit with her on thepyre and herself wearing a cloak which would protect her from the pyre. But, eventually, when the fire started burning, the cloak flew to Prahlada and encapsulated him leaving Holika burned into the fire.
Furthermore, if we believe the myths, Lord Vishnu came in an avatar of Narasimha, half human and half lion, at dusk which was neither day nor night to kill Hiranyakashipu. He dragged him to the doorstep which was neither indoor not outdoor, placing him on his lap (neither land nor water) took out his entrails and killed him with his sharp lion claws (which were not any kind of weapon). Hence, the festival actually signifies the victory of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu and the fire that charred Holika to death.
The Krishna legend
Lord Krishna is known to grow in the ‘Braj’ region, and the festival Holi is in the name of love that was between Lord Krishna and Lordess Radha. Here is another interesting story behind the celebration of ‘Dulhendi’. The ancient story tells that when Krishna was a kid, he developed a characteristic blue color skin because of the she-demon Putana who fed Lord Krishna with her poisonous breast milk.
Because of his dark skin, Krishna despaired whether fair-skinned Radha or other ‘Gopis’ would like him or not. Seeing his son in desperation, Yashoda told him to approach Radha and smear her face with any color he wants.
Doing as told by his mother, Radha and Krishna became a couple. Since then we celebrate this festival in name of love. People smear each other with different colors and celebrate this festival with full zeal and enthusiasm.
Rituals of Holi
The festival of Holi actually starts way back when women start preparing different food items and sweets for the festival. But the beginning of Holi is signified by Holika Dahan in which people light born-fire and burn wood and fuel made of cow-dung and offer sugarcane and green-gram (boot) to the pious born-fire.
People believe that the heat of the born-fire protects the individuals from all sorts of diseases and brings out the good in them. After this holy offering comes the day which is the playful Holi time.
This day brings enthusiasm in everyone’s hearts where people smear colors on each other and eating delicious sweets like ‘gujiyas’. This festival removes all the ill feelings in one’s heart and people forget their personal grudges with any other person color them and take an initiative of a good relation. People dance and rejoice and play Holi and spread the love on this day.
Different colors like red, yellow, blue, purple, pink, green, combine into one and denote the meeting of people with love and affection, no matter what caste or color. This festival unites
Holi and its significance
Holi strengthens the bonds between the people. It erases all sorts of grudged between them and gives them a chance to relive a non-controversial life. We can also say that the impact of this festival turns enemies into friends. Also, there is various mythological and religious significance of Holi that we have discussed earlier. This festival is also an honoring of Lord Vishnu and Krishna who have stories of their own in the past. So, that’s all folks! Wishing you a prosperous and safe Holi!
Some Holi hacks for Color lovers
Now it is good that you love playing Holi and want to color the world with your vibrant colors. Some precautions are must in order to save your skin and body from the ill-effects of Holi colors. Not all the colors safe made keeping in mind your delicate and flawless skin. So some of the Holi hacks include-
- For protecting your skin from the harsh effects of Holi colors and the chemicals mixed in it, and easy removal of the same, you can apply a double coat of a mixture of mustard oil, castor oil and olive oil on your body mixed in equal proportions. Make sure you apply it to maximum portions of your body.
- For preventing your nails being imparted with a weird dark color, you can apply a coat of nail lacquer. It will prevent the color imparting on your nails. And then after playing Holi, you can easily remove the nail-paint with a remover.
- You can even apply a petroleum jelly like Vaseline on the corners of your face like behind and inside the ear, or surrounding your lips and over it also. This will prevent the colors sticking in these areas. Also applying a lip balm will do the same for your lips.
- You should apply band-aids on any wounds and cuts you have on your body in order to prevent these wounds getting in contact with the harmful colors which may even lead to some serious effects on the wounds.
Hacks to protect your skin & hairs
- Once you are done playing Holi, you can apply face packs and massage packs by preparing at home itself. Just mix ‘besan’ with curd and some aloe-vera gel. You can apply this paste all over your body including face. After giving it a wash you will find your skin back to normal and more glowing.
- Do not let your hair open. It may harm your hair very much. Hence, making a bun and then covering it with a cloth would be fine. For boys, they can opt for caps or head masks to prevent their hair from Holi colors.
- You should wear comfortable clothes that don’t irritate you and make you feel itchy all over your body. Also not wearing contact lenses would be a good option. You can go for an old pair of sunglasses instead.
- You should opt for herbal Holi colors because they contain natural ingredients taken from nature’s womb. Hence, they won’t harm you and your beautiful skin and are safer in comparison to the colors that are not. Also, traces of glass are available in the chemical containing colors that can cut your skin. They can even damage your sensitive body parts like eyes.
So, these were some hacks that you must follow if you don’t want your Holi to become a disastrous one.
Some of the Holi text messages
- Enjoy every color of Holi and u will get every happiness u desire.
- Hey, God is always with u. Enjoy every moment. Happy Holi!!
- Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs are the ingredients of perfect Holi. Wish you a very happy and wonderful Holi.
Famous quote in Holi 2018 is “Bura na mano Holi hai”
- May the shines of this Holi brighten your path towards progress and continued success. Happy Holi!
- Holi is the festival of colors. I wish with all my heart that it brings more colors to your life. Wishing you and your family a fabulous Holi.!
- Red, blue, orange, green, yellow, white, pink a all colors. Have colorful N joyful Holi
- Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous Holi.
- You have brought in the colors in my life. Wishing you a very happy Holi, my Freind!
Holi messages in Hind
गोरी तेरे गुलाबी गालो में आ गुलाल लगादूँ,
भर पिचकारी अंग अंग में रंग डाल दूँ,
भीगी चोली चुनरी भी गीली आ गले से लगा लू
बसंत ऋतू की बहार
चली पिचकारी उड़ा हैं गुलाल
रंग बरसे हैं नीले हरे लाल
बधाई हो आपको होली का त्योहार
Holi messages for Girlfriend
May this season of color bring you cheer and happiness.
May the colors of the Holi continues to illuminate your life
and guide you towards the path of success
You’re so beautiful and I wish to apply
some colors on you to make you
more beautiful on this Holi.
Now just tighten up your belts and be ready to play with colors. Holi is near, so fill it with colors of joy and love.