Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “festival of spring”, the “festival of colors”, and the “festival of love”.The festival signifies the triumph of good over evil. It originated and is predominantly celebrated in India but has also spread to other regions of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.
Why we celebrate Holi
There is a story behind the Holi that there was a king named Hiranyakashipu who was infuriated and subjected his son to cruel punishments. Finally, Holika, the king’s sister, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. While Holika protected herself with a cloak, Prahlada remained exposed. As the fire blazed, the cloak flew from Holika’s body and encased Prahlada, thus saving his life.
Later, Vishnu appeared in the avatar of Narasimha, half-man, and half-lion, and killed the king. This is why Holi begins with the Holika bonfire, which marks the end of evil.
People start preparing for Holi way in advance owing to the exciting nature of the festival. Stocks of water guns and balloons, Made to order mithais and Gujiyas, special food and music arrangements, flowers, and colors (we recommend only natural colors), and travel arrangements, in case you are heading out for a special Holi.
MATHURA AND VRINDAVAN
These places are the Holy Grail of Holi celebrations The land of Krishna sees the most elaborate Holis with everyone playing with everyone out on the streets. There are so many special Pujas, singing, dancing and lots of color and water play. The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan hosts week-long Holi celebrations. The event here takes place just a day before the main Holi festival and the temple opens up its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi.
The place in Uttar Pradesh is well known for its Lath mar Holi where women hit men with sticks playfully as a part of the celebrations. If you have a knack for these extreme versions of celebration, Barsana is the place to be!
Gifting Ideas On Holi
Holi is a festival of Love. Many people celebrate by gifting something special to their loved ones. We gifted someone that they never forget and gifting something for their home is a perfect idea. Here are some wonderful recommendations for where you go through.
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