Holi - The Festival of Colours and Its Significance

28 Mar 2021

Holi festival

Holi - the festival of colours, love and brotherhood, is also known as Holika or Holika Utsav in various parts of India. According to the Hindu calendar, Holi comes on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon) which falls in the months of February or March. It is celebrated with great fun and frolic across various regions of the country. It marks the blooming of spring and a final goodbye to the winter season. According to the Puranas, the day of Holi is also referred to as Vasant Mahotsav or Kama Mahotsav. 

Holi Celebration Date 2021

Holi Puja Timings:

Holika Dahan: 28th March 2021

Holi (Dhuleti): 29th March 2021

Purnima Tithi Begins : 3:26 AM - 28 March 2021

Purnima Tithi Ends : 12:17 AM - 29 March 2021

Holika Dahan Muhurta - 06:54 PM to 09:14 PM

Moreover, The festival of colours - Holi happens a day earlier in West Bengal and Odisha, in these regions, it is celebrated as Dol Jatra or Dol Purnima on the day of Holika Dahan. Surprisingly, in some parts of India (such as Mathura and Vrindavan) festivities start a week earlier and is celebrated with full fervour.

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Importance and Significance of Holi (Dhuleti)

According to tradition, ideally, the preparation for Holi needs to start from Maha Shivaratri onwards, which usually falls a few weeks before Holi. The festival of colours is not about getting rid of the waste and negative energies from our lives and homes but much more. According to Puranas, it is the time for people to consider this period between Holi to Diwali as a time for achieving and setting their goals and achieving their targets. This specifically meant for people to take this time around as important and working on their shortcomings and weaknesses. Well, factually Holi is a pledge day when you take account of your shortcomings and accept your flaws and mistakes. And, thus promise yourself to not repeat them and overcome them. Holi in real sense is not about mindlessly playing with colours or creating a nuisance, but it is all about uprooting the negativity from your life.

Numerous Legends Related to Holi

#1 Bhakta Prahlad and HiranyaKashyap

Many legends exist related to the festival of Holi and the most prominent one is the legend of Bhakta Prahalad and his father Hiranya Kashyap and aunt Holika (who were cruel yet blessed). This legend re-establishes our eternal faith in God - the supreme power. It throws light on the fact that whatever may be the extremity of sin, evil and wickedness in the world, truth, devotion and faith always win.

#2 Shiva's Wrath Against Kaamdev

In Puranas, there is another legend about Holi. It depicts that Lord Shiva got furious as deity Kaamdev - the Lord of Love and Desire, tried to strike cupid between the Lord and Goddess Parvati. Being enraged, God Shiva opened his third eye and incinerated Kaamdev on this day. Therefore, people celebrate it by burning objects of desire, as a symbolic gesture of getting rid of carnal desires. From the eighth day of the Falgun Shukla Paksha to the Full Moon Day (Purnima) for eight days, Holashtak is observed. During these eight days period, no holy rituals are performed, and no auspicious projects/ assignments/ tasks are undertaken.

After the end of Holashtak, the auspicious period begins when usually marriages are taken place. Therefore, usually most marriages (vivahs) takes place after Holi. 

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#3 Lord Hanuman and Holi

On the day of Holi, Lord Hanuman is also worshipped by a horde of devotees. People believe that if rice with clarified butter (ghee) and/or vermilion is presented to Lord Hanuman, all the life struggles, problems, troubles and threats can be dissolved. 

#4 Holi - Favourite Festival of Lord Krishna 

On the Falgun Poornima that is on the Holi day if we worship Lord Krishna with full devotion, the devotees go to heaven. And, this is also one of the reasons that why people play Holi with Abir-Gulaal in temples of Krishna and Vridavan. 

Importance Of Holi Puja: Holika Sthapana Rituals and Puja Samagri (materials)

Holi puja as its own importance as it is believed that all sorts of negativies and fear can be conquered by performing Holika Puja on Holi. Holika Puja bestows power, wealth and prosperity. 

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Holika Puja is performed before Holika Dahan. It is set at an appropriate time only after consulting Hindu Panchang. Also the puja is performed using the right puja samagri. 

Holi Puja Samagri

Following materials or puja samagri should be used for performing proper Holika Dahan Puja

  • One bowl of water, beads made of cow dung cakes,
  • Roli, Rice which are not broken (also called Akshat in Sanskrit) 
  • Fragrances like Agarbatti and Dhoop 
  • Flowers, raw cotton thread, turmeric pieces, unbroken lentil of Moong
  • Batasha, Gulal powder, and coconut
  • Fully grown grains of freshly cultivated crops like wheat and gram can also be included in the Puja items

Holika Sthapana

The place where Holika has to be raised, is rinsed with cow dung and the holy water of ganges. A large wooden pole is kept in the center and various small and medium sized wooden sticks and logs are kept surrounding the middle pole. It is then decorated with the beads of cow dung cakes, which are usually known as Gulari, Bharbholiye or Badkula. Idols of Holika and Prahlada which are made of cow dung are placed on the top of the heap. Further the Holika pile is decorated with shields, swords, sun, moon, stars and other toys made of cow dung. Moreove,r people also bring in old items to burn in the holy pyre. 

On the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan takes place. The holy pyre is set to fire and it symbolises the victory of good over the evil and it also resembles the triumph of true devotees. 

Holi - Celebrating the Day of Holi with Colours

After Holika Dahan, the next day is celebrated as Holi where people around to play with holi colours by applying on friends, relatives and other families. Moreover, people enjoy spraying colour water on each other using spraying toys like pichkaris or pouring buckets down. People also play drums and beat dholaks as per the traditions. 

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Also, people enjoy the holi delicacies like gujiya, mathri, malpuas and other traditional Holi dishes with great joy. Along with these special savour foods, Bhang and Thandai are the special drinks that has place in Holi festival. No doubt, Bhang helps to further enhance the spirit of the Holi. But, be Cautious consuming more Bhang can be harmful. 

Holi - Fill Your Life with Colours

Playing with colours, exchanging delicacies and dancing on the drum beats, Holi enhances the brotherly companionship and improves relationships. Holi is not only about rituals, playing colours and burning the pyre, it helps to improve the relationships and sends the message of brotherhood. So, let’s bring in all and play the festive of colours filling our life with hues of happiness, joy and fun. 

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