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Holi is the most widespread celebration of joy, unity, and love. In India, this colorful festival is thoroughly celebrated by people from different states and backgrounds. It is all about letting go and embracing freedom and purity. 


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Differences of any sort are washed away by light and bright colors of Holi. There is a certain level of wildness in the air. The air feels a bit crisp and the sun shines a little brighter, smiles are all over the cities, towns, and villages.


People erase the unseen boundaries and hold each other with a different sense of gratitude and bliss. It’s a day to forgive and forget the yesterdays and enjoy in the given moment we all share. We hope that this Holi 2021 Celebration tops all your previous years’ enjoyment. HAPPY HOLI!


HOLI 2021 DATE

 India the date when the festival of Holi is celebrated constantly differs from one year to another. Holi is celebrated just as winter is about to bid us goodbye and there's a touch of warmth present all around us. It's the day after the full moon of March. During the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lightened up as a symbol to burn away the evil spirits. 

 This whole ritual is also known as Holika Dahan. This year, Holi is on March 29 and Holika Dahan, a day before on March 28th. The Timing of Holika DahanThe lighting and worship of the bonfires must be performed at a specific period (muhurta), according to Hindu scriptures, i.e. after sunset on Purnima Tithi (the full moon lunar day), or else it might bring great misfortune. Performing the Holika Dahan ritual during the right muhurta is particularly important, more so than for any other Hindu festival ritual. Ideally, 

Holika Dahan should be performed during the auspicious occasion of Pradosh Kaal when day and night meet (which starts from the time of sunset). However, it mustn't be commenced until Bhadra Tithi is over. The correct muhurta for Holika Dahan in India will vary depending on the location and timing of sunset. For 2021, astrologers have stated it to be between 6.47 p.m. to 9.11 p.m. in Mumbai and for Delhi, it's going to be 6.26 p.m. to 8.52 p.m. 


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HISTORY OF HOLI

Hiranyakashipu was a king of ancient India who was a demon. To get retribution for the death of his younger brother who was killed by Lord Vishnu, the king prayed for years to gain power. And when he was finally granted a boon, Hiranyakashipu believed himself to be God and asked his people to worship him. 

The cruel king had a young son named Prahalad, who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Prahalad disobeyed his father’s order and continued worshiping Lord Vishnu. The King was so cold-hearted that he decided to kill his son, because of his refusal to worship him. He ordered his sister ‘Holika’, 

who was immune to fire, to sit on a pyre of fire with Prahalad in her lap. They planned to burn Prahalad. But their plan did not come to fruition, as Prahalad, who was reciting the name of Lord Vishnu throughout the course, stayed safe, instead, Holika got burnt to ashes. 

The defeat of Holika signifies the defeat of all evil. After this, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu and the death of Holika got associated with Holi. Because of this incident, in some states of India, like Bihar, a pyre in the form of a bonfire is lit on the day before Holi to mark the death of evil. This is the general 


HOLI  STORY

that we all hear from our grandparents or elders when we were young. Now there are some other cultural interpretations as well. The Bengali “Dolyatra”, celebrated with much pomp and dignity, marks the final celebration of a Bengali year. 

Dolyatra popularizes the tale of the lovers, Radha and Krishna. Krishna, when he was a boy, would drench girls with water and colors as a fun sport. Soon, other mates of his village started following the same, and thus, the tradition to splash colors and water on each other on this special day came into existence. 

As Krishna grew up, the game signified the colorful and eventful love story of Radha and Krishna. With its origin solely in the Hindu mythology, this tradition has transpired through ages to signify the festival of colors, across the globe, Widely known as “Dol Purnima” and “Basanta Utsav”, Holi is maneuvered into several colors establishing its sense literally into our mind and soul through centuries.


SIGNIFICANCE OF HOLI 

Holi is such a colorful and gay festival but there are various other aspects of Holi which makes it even more significant in our lives. Now, it might not be so apparent but if one takes a closer look and invests some thought, the significance of Holi in our lives, will be revealed; which are predominant in more ways than meets the eyes. Starting from social, cultural, religious to biological, there is every reason stating the necessity to heartily enjoy this festival and cherish the reasons for its celebrations.

So when it’s time for Holi, please don't hold yourself back and enjoy the festival to the hilt by participating with full enthusiasm in every small tradition related to the festival. Mythological SignificanceHoli brings us close to our religion and our mythology as it is the celebration of various legends that are as well associated with this festival.

Foremost is the legend of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap. The legend says there once lived an evil powerful king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself to be god and ordered everybody to worship him. To his great dismay, his son, Prahlad worshiped Lord Vishnu. Out of anger, he planned to get rid of his son. Hiranyakshyap asked his sister, Holika to sit in blazing fire with Prahlad on her lap, as she had a boon to enter fire unscathed. 

According to the legend, Prahlad was saved because of his extreme devotion to the lord while Holika had to pay a price for her sinister desire. The tradition of burning Holika or the 'Holika Dahan' is hence performed because of this legend. Holi also commemorates the legendary love story of Radha and Krishna. 

Throwing light upon the extreme delight which Krishna took in applying color on Radha and other gopis. Later, this prank of Krishna became a trend and quite an integral part of today's Holi festivities. Mythology also states the death of Ogress Pootana to be the reason for the celebration of Holi. She tried to kill infant Krishna by feeding him poisonous milk. Another legend that is extremely popular in Southern India, related to the celebration of Holi, is that of Lord Shiva and Kamadeva. 

According to this legend, people in the south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of Passion Kaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world.Also popular, the legend of Ogress Dhundhi, who troubled children in the kingdom of Raghu. 

Ultimately was chased away by the pranks of the children on the day of Holi. Showing their faith in the legend, children to date, play pranks and hurl abuses at the time of Holika Dahan. Cultural significance celebration of Holi and the various legends associated with it reassures people of the power of truth and the ultimate victory of good over evil, which is the moral of all these legends. 

The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad depicts that extreme devotion to god pays, as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter. All these legends set an example for the people to follow good conduct in their lives and to believe in the virtue of being truthful. In modern-day society, where so many people resort to evil practices for small gains and torture the honest one, this is extremely important. 

Holi restores the faith in people to believe in the virtue of being truthful and honest and to fight away the evil.Holi is celebrated at such a time of the year when the fields are in full bloom and people are expecting a good harvest. This gives people a good reason to rejoice, and merrily submerge themselves in the spirit of Holi. Social SignificanceThe festival of Holi does a beautiful job of bringing our society closer and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. For, the festival is celebrated by non-Hindus as well. 

Every person willingly takes a part in this colorful and joyous festival.Also, the tradition of the Holi is such, that even the enemies turn into friends and let go of any feelings of hardship that may be present. Besides, on this particular day, the divisive invisible margin of the rich from the poor gets blurred. 

Everybody gathers to celebrate the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood.During the evening people visit their friends and relatives to exchange gifts, sweets, and greetings. This helps to revitalize relationships and strengthen emotional bonds shared between people. 

Biological significance is interesting to note that the festival of Holi is significant for our lives and body in many ways than just for providing joy and fun.We also need to thank our forefathers who initiated the trend of celebrating Holi at such a scientifically accurate time. And, also for including so much fun at the festival.

Holi arrives at this perfect time of the year when people might seem to feel sleepy and lazy, which is a natural response of the body because of the change of weather that begins to occur during this particular time of the year. 

As the weather warms up from the cold that still lingers around in the atmosphere, this festival sparks some movement of fun and enjoyment to counteract this feeling of the body. 

Holi's timing is impeccable as while enjoying and celebrating this colorful festival, people's movements are brisk and their music is loud which helps to rejuvenate the system of the human body. Besides, colors, when sprayed or applied to the body, have a great impact on it. Biologists believe the liquid dye or aabir penetrates the body and enters into the pores which have the effect of strengthening the ions in the body and adding health and beauty to it. Hold on! There is yet another scientific reason for celebrating Holi, which, however, is related to the tradition of Holika Dahan. 

The mutation period of winter to spring increases the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in our bodies. The temperature rises to about 145 degrees Fahrenheit when Holika is burnt. Now, there's this ancient tradition of Parikrama (circumambulation or going around) around the fire, because of which the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it.


HOLI CELEBRATION 

Holi has different origin stories and so its celebration is also varied and interesting. Different communities celebrate Holi in their own traditional ways. It's not only exciting to learn about these but it also opens a variety of options to celebrate this richly colorful festival. 

1. Lathmar Holi in UPLathmar Holi is one of the unique approaches to the festival of colors. To celebrate Holi, women get equipped with lathis or canes and hitmen or boys playfully during this celebration. And to save themselves, the men come prepared with dhal or shield to play their part in this celebration. 

All of this is performed out of humor and not out of aggression. Mostly celebrated in parts of Uttar Pradesh such as Nandgaon, Barsana, Vrindavan and Mathura, Lathmar Holi is an ancient tradition whose roots are in Hindu Mythology. The story behind this particular tradition is that once Lord Krishna went to Radha’s village to play Holi but the women of the village reciprocated his desire by hitting him with lathis and therefore chasing him away. 

2. Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra in West BengalHoli is celebrated as Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra. Basant in west Bengal. Basant translates to spring and Utsav means festival. So this festival is a mark of the onset of spring. 

During the celebration of the Basant Utsav, women primarily dress in the yellow color signifying the color of abundance. The best place to catch a glimpse of the celebration of Basant Utsav is Shantiniketan in Bolpur, the epicenter of Bengali cultural richness. To date, Basant Utsav is celebrated with a fervor unmatched. 

Apart from playing with colors the ambiance of this place during the festival is filled with Tagore’s poetry recitals, songs, and traditional dance programs. The Dol Jatra is celebrated the next day where a procession of an idol of Lord Krishna is taken out through the streets accompanied by music, frolic and smearing colors on each other’s faces. 

3. Phaguwa, BiharHoli is popularly known as Phaguwa in Bihar. Holika Dahan is an integral part of the initiation of the celebration of Holi where a pyre is lighted on fire by the locals a night before Holi. This tradition is also widely practiced in many other parts of the country as well. 

This ritual essentially signifies the victory of good over evil. The next day passes by smearing dry and wet colors on each other throughout the day. 

4. Dola, OdishaHoli in Odisha is known as Dola and is quite similar to its neighboring state of Bengal. The festival mainly celebrates Lord Jagannath also known as Dolagovinda. People play with colors and processions of Lord Jagannath can be cited around cities and towns. 

5. Shigmo, Goa The Spring Festival in Goa is known as Shigmo and is a vibrant series of festivities including traditional folk dances, street performances and colorful processions apart from the playing with colors. 

6. Yaosang, ManipurIn Manipur, Holi festivities stretch for almost a week. The Manipuri version of Holi is Yaosang is and is celebrated with unparalleled enthusiasm.  

There's this tradition of burning of a hut made out of hay and twigs and traditional folk dances performances by the youth, worshipping of Lord Krishna, smearing of gulal or colors on each other and vibrant processions being taken around the cities. 

7. Baithaki Holi or Khadi Holi, UttrakhandThe celebration of Holi in Uttarkhand is much of a musical gathering, which includes people donning their traditional attire, singing traditional regional songs and roaming around the city in groups called Tolis. It also makes rounds by the name of Mahila Holi apart from Khadi and Baithaki Holi.

 People greet each other by smearing color on each other's faces and engaging in musical activities. Holi in Uttarkhand is essentially a day full of music, fun, and frolic for the people living there. 

8. Hola Mohalla, PunjabHola Mohalla is celebrated a day after the celebration of Holi. It is more of a celebration of the bravery of the Sikh warriors and is characteristic of a particular sect known as the Nihang Sikhs. The celebration consists of an extensive display of martial arts and is later followed by music and dance. 

9. Manjal Kuli or Ukuli, KeralaUkuli or Manjal Kuli is Kerala's version of Holi. The festival is not so popular across the state, however, it is the traditional celebration that is prevalent amongst the Konkani and Kudumbi communities in the region that shouldn't be missed. Turmeric is the primary color used in Manjal Kulli. 

10. Rang Panchami or Shimga, Maharashtra In Maharashtra, Holi is prevalently known as Shimga or Rang Panchami. Shimga is the initiation of the Holi celebrations which follows the similar traditions of  Holika Dahan of the north and is celebrated by lighting up a pyre made of firewood. Rang Panchami is the day when people indulge in smearing each other with dry and wet colors. In this part of the country, the festivities last for as long as a week. 

No matter what tradition you follow to celebrate Holi in India, the spirit of the festival remains constant throughout. The main reasons to celebrate also remains intact, which are the victory of good over evil and the welcome of the season of fruitfulness and abundance. Colors are an integral part of the celebration. 

HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLOURS 

Festival of Holi brings with it the colors of life as well as colors of love. Colors add life to our world. Wherever we see colors we see beauty. The beautiful colors of nature cover our life with joy. Colors hold a lot of significance in our life. We infuse our life with colors in various ways. 

Colors have long-lasting impressions on our minds and senses. They play a vital role in our lives. Nature has its own spectrum of colors. Every shade of color is present in every aspect of creation. 

These colors come alive through millions of flowers, high snow-peaked mountains, lush green trees, vast stretches sea, rivers and even in the muddy lands. We even communicate our feelings and emotions through art using colors. A painting feels more real only when the artist knows the actual use and place of colors.

 Different colors signify different moods and feelings. Traditionally Holi was played with dry powdery colors known as 'Gulal', which were extracted naturally from the flowers and other natural sources that had dyeing properties. 

However, with time, those natural colors have been replaced by strong, chemically enhanced artificial colors, which sometimes tends to irritate our skin and bodies. To avoid these strong chemical colors we can prepare natural colors at home.

Now, different colors have different meanings. Some simplified contexts of these colors are as follows 

 1)    Red signifies danger, passion, blood, and fire. It induces the feeling of strength and power. It also stands for anger, as it is considered the color of Mars, the Roman God of war. Red symbolizes love and fertility and happiness too.

 2)    Orange is all about enthusiasm and creativity. It stands for prosperous social communication and optimism.

 3)    Yellow refers to the mind and intellect. It radiates the essence of joy.

 4)    Green is the color of balance and growth. It offers calm and harmony. It is also for new beginnings.

 5)    Blue is the color of trust and peace. It also represents the Hindu God Krishna

 6)    Pink is for unconditional love and nurturing.

 7)    Magenta is a color of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.

8)    Brown is a serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection and material wealth.


 Some of the Holi Special delicacies to try in India are -


·   Gujiya


·      Dahi Vada

·      Pakora

·      Barfi

·      Phirni

·      Puran Poli

·      Papri Chaat

·      Chana Masala

·      Bhaang

·      Shakkar Paare

·      Besan Papdi

·      Ras Malai

·      Malpua

·      Namak Paare

·      Kanji Ke Vade

·      Thandai

·      Kachori

·      Lassi

·      Saffron Rice

·      Mattar Ki Kheer

·      Kesari Malai Peda

·      Masala Mathri


 HOLI GREETINGS


1)    Here's wishing you and your family a very bright and colorful Holi.

 2)    May you have a blessed Holi with all your loved ones.


3)    May it be filled with fun, joy, and love.

4)    May your life mimic all the colors of this festival.

5)    Have loads of fun.

6) Bright colors, water balloons, tasty gujiyas, and great songs are the perfect ingredients to have a perfect Holi. Wish you a very happy and wonderful Holi.


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1)    Here’s wishing you a colorful Holi filled with sweet memories to cherish forever!


2)    I hope this Holi, colors your heart and fills it with warmth and peace. Happy Holi.
3)    Wishing you a colorful day and an even colorful life, with a positive mind and loads of happiness. Happy Holi.



  HAPPY HOLI WISHES 


1)    May this Holi brings the ultimate colors of happiness in your life and all the needed excitement for your upcoming adventures. Happy Holi my dear.


2)    Wishing you good health, love, and prosperity this Holi. May God shower his blessings on you on the auspicious occasion of Holi. ― Happy Holi


3)    This Holi may bring lots and lots of colorful seasons and days be filled with plenty of happiness and love. Wish you a very Happy Holi


4)    With the hope that your life is framed with all the colors of the rainbow, I am sending out the happiest colors to you. Happy Holi


5)    Reach out to others with the colors of joy and spread happiness wherever you go this Holi.


  Holi Message

This Holi, we hope you truly have the best Holi ever! And we pray that your life never gets a touch of any dull moment. We wish you all health, happiness, and love. Some basic points that we need you to keep in mind are 

 Don’t forcibly put colors on someone. If someone shows disinterest or reluctance, respect their choice. Trust us, it’s more fun when there is mutual consent. Don’t throw colors at stray dogs or any animals. It isn’t safe for them. Try to opt for natural colors, over synthetically manufactured products. Don’t wastewater.

 Try to stay in groups or with people you know. Before going out, hydrate yourself thoroughly. Have a hefty breakfast. Try oiling your hair before moving out of the house. 

It’ll help later on to remove the color. There’s no need to use rotten eggs or mud or any such thing. It’s a festival of colors signifying the victory of good over evil, so don’t be evil. Don’t drink and drive. Keep a number on speed dial, in case of any emergency.

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