Holi Festival is a paradigm of colours which defines affection and gratitude of the Holy Hindu Nation. It exposes the victorious conquer of the benevolent virtuous against the vicious evil force. The festival directly fastened to a spiritual relationship with the religion Hinduism.
The beautiful flash of colours celebrated by Hindus in Phagun (the spring season from February until March in India.) Generally, the festival celebrated among Indian subcontinent and observed in countries where the Indian Diaspora population is residing.
The festival celebrated as an offering of enthusiastic harmony for a good harvest, fertile land, and the plentiful of colours of the season. Nevertheless, the name Holi mentioned by different titles according to the locations in India. The original prominent detail of this bizarre festival is splashing bright colour mixed water or the powder at each other in a compassionate intention to prove their all-together society.
Sometimes prior to the festival, Indian markets are flooded with lots of hues of abeer and gulal (bright-colour-powder), Mitaees (Indian sweets), and pichkari (colour-throwing instruments). And also, most of the household people partake in a traditional family shopping spree to prepare for the festival.
The ambience of the festival surrounded by groups of participants, and they are holding into bonfires and trick-playing with each other with wet or dry colours for pleasure; observe well to hear people often yell out “Bura na mano Holi hai” (Do not feel offended, it is Holi).
Because of the purity of the festival, many participants often will be dressed in white cloths to see the visibility of the blend of colours (hot pink, canary yellow, and fluorescent green). Holi is an ancient festival originated from the Indian region of Bengal where it introduced as the Gaudiya Vaishnava festival.
- The Story of Prahlad
The beginning of the Holi Festival is about a prince called Prahlad and his father, King Hiranyakashipu. The king’s ego caused by the granted power of God because of his prayer offerings; tempted him to destroy his son’s strong relationship with the Lord Vishnu. Holi is a special occasion to Hindus of Prahlad’s faith in God and God’s power to defeat evil.
- Lamps Lighting
The Hindus’ worshipping of God called puja, and every Hindu household holds a pure place called a shrine— set aside only for puja. Hindus often worship at the temple or home. However, in either situation, they light a small lamp called diva, made by twisted cotton dipped in lamp-oil. This ritual has done because the Hindus believe that fire has the power to purify and cleanse.
Holi Festival Foods
- GUNJIYA is a deep-fried dumpling cooked with suji or maida and stuffed with a mixture of sweetened khoya and dried fruits. It serves as a sweet snack.
- KHASTA KACHAURI is a spicy snack introduced from the Indian subcontinent. This snack also called as a fried dumpling and cooked by using gram flour and moong dal.
- SOOKHE KOFTE is Minced meat finely ground with a range of spices and fried.
- PAAPRI CHAAT is a famous traditional fast food and street food from India, made by using fried dough wafers known as papri, boiled chickpeas, boiled potatoes, dahi (yoghurt), tamarind chutney topped with chaat masala and sev.
- THANDAI is an Indian cold drink made by a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon, kernels, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar.
Indians residing all over the world, arrange sophisticated events to celebrate Holi Festival without boundaries. They welcome any ethnicity of people to feast with gusto and bonhomie. People play with a variety of colours, and they light a bonfire referred to as Holika to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Indian events & venues of Holi Festival
Holi Festival in Panaji, Goa, India
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Holi Festival in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Holi Festival in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Holi Festival in Anandpur Sahib, India
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Holi Festival in Hampi, Karnataka, India
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Holi Festival in The Country Club: Mumbai India
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International events & venues of Holi Festival
Holi Festival in Los Angeles Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
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Holi Festival in Wurzburg, Germany
- Holi Festival in Wurzburg, Germany on Saturday the June 06th at 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Holi Festival in The Paddock, Melbourne
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05 Things to remember
- Holi Festival is of equality, happiness, and enormity; because of the all-enjoy attitude, the hype is original, so, be careful if you can’t handle.
- Don’t forget to purchase a separate transparent bag to cover your camera and lenses or it will ruin.
- Make sure to dress in all white cloths and removable slippers.
- Always keep a hand full of coloured powder or water-balloons.
- Make sure to respect religious places by avoiding alcohol consumption in India.