Holi, the vibrant festival of India has its social, religious and spiritual aspects. It is the day of forgiveness, friendliness, oneness and equanimity. The story of Holika, portrays that all negativity can be overcome by devotion of Lord. Through the colors, we celebrate the destruction of evil. It is also a day where new grains are cooked and offered to Lord.
Holi is one of the most vibrant and beautiful festivals of the year. This is known as the festival of colours. This is a day of oneness and equality.
There are many stories behind this festival and there is one that is very famous. Holika was the sister of Hiranyakashyap and Holika has a blessing that she will never be destroyed by fire, so every day she would take a bath in fire and she would enter into fire and enjoy fire. When Hiranyakashyap was not able to destroy Prahlad he called Holika and said ‘take this boy and enter into the fire’. The fire will not kill you, but the fire will kill the boy called Prahlad . Holika took the order of Hiranyakashyap and did as he said and placePrahlad on her lap and entered into the fire. By the grace of the Lord, Prahlad was protected and Holika was killed. The bhakthi – the devotion to the Lord can overcome all negativities, truth, Satyameva Jayathe. In India, the different parts of india, what they do on this day – the previous night they do a balgava purnima , they do the dahan. Around a week before on balguna shukla ashmati onwards people will start to collect logs of wood and make it into a pile and make a big huge fire, and a small image is made of Holika with wheat flour or such combustible objects, and keep a small Idol of praklade on the lap of Holika and keep this in the fire and worship.
The history of Holi is one of the most ancient festivals of India. This is a day of great festivities, where people play will colours, do abhisheka of milk and honey together, people beg for forgiveness from each other, embrace each other, smear different colours to denote the end of a great yagna which actually brings this idea of Vishu bavathu a – which means – may the universe be like a small nest which is connected to each other. So this day is a great occasion to enjoy our life, share our happiness, and to bring hope and good wishes to this entire universe.