Holi (Holika Dahan) Festival Dates, History - The Festival Of Colours
Holi (Holika Dahan) Festival History
Holi is a major Hindu festival celebrated across Indian subcontinent with very high spirit & zeal. Holi is world famous as the festival of colors; it is celebrated on the new moon in the month of Phalgun in Hindu calendar. Typically it falls in the month of March in Gregorian calendar. The main essence of this festival is to celebrate the win of good over evil, friendship, love, compassion, joy, culture, end of winter, welcoming spring & new crop. The exact date of starting of Holi festival is not known but Hindu mythology suggests that it has been celebrated since the starting of time. Legends suggest that demon King Hiranyakshaypu had a son named as Prahlad- an avid devotee of Lord Vishnu; Prahlad’s devotion to Lord Vishnu was a great disappointment for demon king, in order to get rid of this disgrace of his son’s devotion to his enemy, he decided to kill Prahlad hence, after many failed attempts to kill Prahlad, Hiranyakashyapu asked for help from his sister Holika. Holika had a boon of not burning; there was a scarf which was responsible for the safety of Holika from fire so, according to the plan Holika was supposed to jump in pyre holding Prahlad in her arms as she had the miraculous scarf her safety was ensured but with blessing of Lord Vishnu scarf of Holika was blown away by wind & she died a painful death; Prahalad was saved by the grace of Lord Vishnu.
Holi is celebrated in a very generous way using all the colors & music. Earlier times it was a festival celebrated with a feeling of joy but nowadays zeal & Holi parties has been added to the feelings. In each part of the country, Holi is celebrated in unique ways at some places week-long celebrations are carried on; generally, Holi is celebrated for 2 days in all parts of the country. The first day a holy pyre is burned down symbolizing the win of good over evil then next morning a playful event of colors is organized which lasts until late afternoon. In the evening it is customary to visit friends & family. Holi festivals in Vrindavan, Mathura, Kolkata & Pushkar are famous in the world.