History and Significance of Holi Fesival


Holi, or Festival of Colors is a festival of religion Hindu held in India every year between February and March, which commemorates the arrival ofspring in the Northern Hemisphere. On this day, people throw paint in many different colors to each other, with great drink, food and music. This game begins when children throw inks parents and brothers and that, in the end, all are fully painted.

Holi FestivalHoli, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad, UK, Fiji and Nepal. In West Bengal of India and Bangladesh, is known as Dolyatra (Doljatra) or Boshonto Utsav ("spring festival"). The main day, Holi, also known as Dhulheti, or Dhulandi Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water itself. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (death of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad had when demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in Andhra Pradesh. Holi is celebrated on full moon day of the month or Phalugna (Phalgun Purnima).

History and Significance


Historians say that the Holi antecende several centuries the birth of Christ and there are many legends that explain the onset, usually referring to the fearsome King Hiranyakashyap. Narasimha

After rigorous devotion to Brahma and obtained from him the gift considered demon king Hiranyakashipu himself as sole ruler of the world. The king was a worshiper of Brahma and in his mad desire for more power he asked Brahma to him immortal make. One day was Shiva for the king and said: "King, I have accepted your prayers and your wish will come true that you will not be slain. Not by man, not an animal, not if you're indoors or out, not in the air and not on the ground, not daytime and not at night, not a weapon and not a curse / spell. " Hiranyakashipu was finally satisfied: after all he was doing for his immortal! He left everyone in his country that he was not only king but god. Because of his strength and power he had decreed that he alone was to be worshiped. The people feared him and obeyed the king and worshiped him as a god and if not, they were slain. The son of the king, Prahalad, refused to worship his father. The king in anger said to his son: "If you worship me, you will be slain." But the son answered not the king, but Vishnu (the protector of the universe, who watches over the welfare of the people) are god. From that moment king Hiranyakashipu tried to kill his son, but Vishnu knew that each time in a wonderful way to avoid.

In the palace there lived a sister of the king, Holika . Of her many were told that they (demonic) magic knew. Holika had heard of the disobedience of Prahalad and they devised an evil plan, which they went to the king. "I will go to near your son and tell him that I secretly worship Vishnu." "I will introduce him to join a sacrifice to Vishnu to bring by a couple on a pyre to climb. But I pull itself an incombustible robe, so that only the disobedient Prahalad will burn and will be proven that you are god. " The king consented to the plan. On the people square on the night of the burning of the palace were many people gathered. As Prahalad and Holika sat on the pyre was silent. The pyre was lit and a few moments later the flames blazed high. Holika was in the flames and Prahalad was unhurt. When Vishnu appeared from a pillar in the shape of a half lion / half man Narasimha. He took the king Hiranyakashipu and tore him with his claws on his lap in a doorway at dusk. Thus the words with which Brahma had blessed the king: he would not be slain by a man nor an animal, neither within nor outside, neither the air nor on the ground, not daytime and not at night. The king was on the lap of Narsimha in a doorway, it was twilight and Vishnu came in the form of half man, half animal (lion) Narshima and used no weapon but just the claws of the lion / man.

Holika was burnt, her gift had not worked. King Hiranyakashipu was slain and his godly son Prahalad survived. This bezinningsdag, holikadahan is commemorated annually by the Hindus. They celebrate the victory of good over evil, of the right to injustice.

Although this is a colourful festival, there are various aspects of Holi which makes it so important to the culture of India. While it may not be so obvious, a closer look and a little thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than just what you see. Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna, depicting Krishna took extreme pleasure in applying colour on Radha and Gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the festivities of Holi.


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