Holi – The Festival Of Colours
The festival of colours comes in the month of March immediately after the winter.
The Holi festival is a festival of peasants. In ancient India, the peasants. after harvesting their crops used to feel delighted. For the yield meant no dearth of food for them for the entire year. The satisfaction of reaping the fruits of their labour made them greatly delighted. In their ecstasy, they used to sing and dance and drench each other in coloured water. The same tradition has survived and we celebrate Holi in the same spirit still.
On the Holi day. children, boys and girls, especially young, came out from their houses in traditional dresses having water colour and “gulal” and colour one another. It is really a fun festival.
But some people are misusing this festival and using chemical colours for their fun which sometimes prove fatal.
Holi is a festival of gaiety and joy. On this joyous occasion people sing glories of love between Radha and Lord Krishna and the manner in which they used to celebrate this festival. Prior to the day of celebration, on the eve of Holi, a huge pile of wood and other useless items are burnt. This burning symbolises the burning of all that was bad in the previous year. The story of Prahlad, the ace-devotee of Lord Vishnu and his aunt Holika is also linked with this burning. But basically it means burning of all the vile feelings, ill-will and hatred. It is after this burning even enemies embrace each other, forgetting their enmity. It is the most enjoyable festival of India.