Festival — February 1, 2017 at 7:43 am

A Guide To Understanding The Holi Festival


You don’t have to be an Indian to know about the Holi festival. No matter where you live you may have seen this festival on television. Furthermore, it may also be possible that you participated in this festival at one point in your life. However, despite these facts, we have realized that many individuals do not know what this festival is about. Instead, they only know that during this festival individuals toss colour powder at each other. However, the festival of colour is much more than that.


This is considered to be one of the most ancient festivals of India. That is because its origins can be traced back to the 4th century.  According to scriptures around this time, Lord Vishnu managed to kill the brother of a demonic lord known as Hiranyakashipu. Thus, as a result, this demonic lord wished to defeat Lord Vishnu and rule the entire world. His first act in achieving this task was to turn an entire state again gods. Hence, all the citizen began to pray for this demonic lord instead of the gods. However, it appeared that his son Prahalad did not follow in his footsteps. Instead, he continued to be a follower of Vishnu. Due to this reason, the demonic lord attempted to kill his son. He attempted to do this with the help of his sister Holika. As Holika was immune to thefire she sat on a lit pyre and held Prahalad in her grip. But what happened at the end was while Holika was burnt alive nothing happened to Prahalad. Thus, this day was considered to be the day where good won the battle against evil. Hence, apart from throwing colourpowder, you can also observe bonfires all over India on this day.

HolikaDahan&Rangwali Holi

When you think of Holi you only think of throwing coloured powder at each other. But this is only one part of this celebration. In reality, this festival is divided into two parts. The first part which is known as HolikaDahan is celebrated the night before. During this event, bonfires are lit all across the country to symbolize the burning of evil spirits. Thus it is during the second part of the festival which is known as Rangwali Holi that coloured powder is used.  However, while you and I may call it coloured powder it is known by the Indians as gulal.

Thus, with the help of this article, you may know be aware of the reasons behind the festival of colours. Furthermore, you should also be aware that this is one of the most celebrated events in India. On this day every individual participates in these festive irrespective of caste or ethnicity.

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