Origin of Holi
Holi is a very popular festival in the Hindu Religion, celebrated all over India. It is the festival of colors and considered to be the second biggest festival according to the Hindu calendar.
It is also known as the festival of spring and love. This year Holi in 2020 is celebrated on the 10th of March, during the month of Phalgun. It is also known by the name of ‘Dhulendi’ It is celebrated to burn Holika and accomplish the triumph of good over evil and darkness. This is the day when people commemorate the Holi festival with colors, sweets, drinks, and whatnot. Holi is played with color powder or mixing the color with water, but with mostly Gulal. The festival is celebrated by people of all ages, from children to adults to old aged people.
The story behind Holi becoming such a famous and grand festival among the Hindi religion and calendar. It is a very important and lesson learning story. As per the beliefs, Vedas and Hindu Puranas say that Holika is the sister of a demon king named Hiranyakashipu, he was blessed and gifted with five superpowers as well as immortality that he could never be killed by any human or animal, outdoors/indoors, night or daytime. The King misused the power for evil and when Prahlad, the King’s son tried to stop him, he made a plan of killing his son with the help of his sister. The king’s sister would take Prahlad along with her and jump into the fire and but preventing Holika from burning with the help of a cloak that was fire-proof and given to the king as a gift. But somehow through a small gust of wind, the cloak flew away and landed on Prahlad saving him from fire and death.
Holi in 2020, has become more modern, natural and healthy in terms of using colors. The colors are now made out of flower extracts, haldi, neem, etc. for the colors gulal, yellow, green, pink, blue respectively.
These different colors signify various different things:
Blue symbolizes Lord Krishna
Yellow is of Tumeric color
Red color signifies love and potency
And the color Geen represents the newness and freshness of the spring season.
The festival of Holi in 2020 is celebrated all over India, especially the Braj Lord Krishna is known as Braj regions. The places in which the Holi Rituals are performed Vrindavan, Gokul, Mathura, Nandagaon – are among the most famous ones.
In the above section, you have learned about the Mythological Significance of Holi in 2020. In this section, though you will learn about the other significances of celebrating Holi as a grand festival. They are:
Biological Significance of Holi in 2020:
It helps rejuvenate the body and body muscles when you dance around the bonfire a day before Holi, i.e. Holi ka Dahan.
Cultural Significance of Holi in 2020:
It demonstrates the relationship between good and evil, extreme love and devotion for God lead to a realization among people that being truthful, loyal, honest and respectful is always helpful and beneficial.
Conclusion: Holi in 2020 will be on the 10th of March and on the 9th of March is Holi ka Dahan, which signifies the burning of Holika and win over darkness and evil with goodness and strength.