HOLI: The Day Painted in Colors – Vaibhav Pharate

Reflectionist Vaibhav Pharate (DSDA 2021-2023)

Holi is well recognized as the festival of colors.

The festival that demystifies the true vibrance of joy and happiness through every smiling face with a pallet of colors it carries. It is one of the most important festivals in India. However, in the era of social jargon, this festival is also celebrated in Nepal, the United States, Bangladesh, Australia, and Mauritius. To date, Holi is celebrated each year with great enthusiasm in March. The people celebrating this festival enthusiastically anticipate playing with colors and having decadent dishes.

Holi is among those festivals where people celebrate with happiness and their family and friends. This is a festival that marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring. People let go of their problems and indulge in this occasion to celebrate brotherhood. This goes without saying that they set aside their differences and get along with everyone to lift and live the festival spirit. Holi is called the festival of colors because people apply colors to each other’s faces and thus get covered in the essence of the festival.

A Little History of Holi

According to Hindu mythology, there was once a demon king named Hiranyakashyap. Prahlad was his son, while Holika was his sister. The demon king is said to have received Lord Brahma’s blessings. Because of this blessing, no man, beast, or weapon could kill him. For him, this blessing turned into a burden when he got arrogant. He ordered his country to worship him rather than God, and he spared no one, including his son.

Except for his son, Prahlad, everyone began to worship him. Prahlad, a devout devotee of Lord Vishnu, refused to honor his father instead of God. After witnessing his disobedience, the demon king plotted with his sister to assassinate Prahlad. Holika was known for her ability to withstand fire. Hiranyakashyap ordered her to sit in the fire with his kid (Prahlad) on her lap, where she was burnt, but Prahlad escaped unscathed. As a result of his dedication, he was protected by his Lord. As a result, people celebrated “Holika Dahan” as the triumph of virtue over evil.

The Celebration of Holi

The next day in India is likely to be the most colorful. People wake up early in the morning to do puja for God. Then they dress in white and play with colors. They splash each other with water. Children blast watercolors with water cannons as they run about. Similarly, even adults are transformed into children on this day. They paint each other’s faces with color and submerge themselves in water.

They freshen up and get dressed appropriately in the evening to visit their friends and relatives. They dance all day and indulge in a special drink known as the ‘bhaang.’ People of all ages are enthralled with Holi’s distinctive delicacy, ‘Gujiya.’

In all its chaos and music, Holi, in a nutshell, promotes love and harmony. It promotes peace and happiness throughout the country and the entire globe. Holi is a festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This vibrant celebration brings people together and clears the air of negativity.