History Of Holi Festival ( from past to 2018 in Detail)

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What is Holi?

As you know India is a land of religions and culture.we have many festivals come across the year but many of us will neglect those because of some reasons but there are some festivals that we will never miss out,one the such type is Holi.

Holi is also called as Holika and is termed as "festival of colors".This was usually celebrated on the early weeks of march(when full moon day occurs).various colors and water on thrown on each other with amdist music and drums to boost the enjoyment.

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History of Holi:

Hiranyakashipu was a king in ancient India who was like a demon. He decided to take revenge for the death of his younger brother who was killed by Lord Vishnu. So to gain power,the king prayed for years. He was atlast granted a boon. But after this Hiranyakashipu started considering himself  God and asked his followers and people to worship him like God. The cruel king has a young son named Prahalad, who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Prahalad had never obeyed his father’s order to stop praying for lord vishnu and kept on worshiping Lord Vishnu. The King one day disguested and decided to kill his son,as he refused to worship him. He asked his sister
‘Holika’, who was immune to fire, to sit on a pyre of fire with Prahalad in her lap. The plan was to burn Prahalad. But their plan got failed through as Prahalad who was reciting the name of Lord Vishnu throughout was safe, but Holika got burnt to ashes. The defeat of Holika signifies the burning of all that is bad and After this, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu. But it is actually the death of Holika that is associated with Holi. Because of this, in some states of India like Bihar , a pyre in the form of bonfire is lit on the day before Holi day to remember the death of evil.
But here question raises how did colors become part of Holi? For this we need to go back to the dates and period of Lord Krishna (reincarnation of Lord Vishnu . It is believed that Lord Krishna used to celebrate holi with colors and hence popularized the same. He used to play holi with his friends at Vrindavan and Gokul. They used to play pranks all across the village and thus made this a community event. That is why till date Holi celebrations at Vrindavan are unmatched.
As you know Holi is a spring festival to say goodbye to winters. In some parts the celebrations are also associated with spring harvest. Farmers after seeing their stores being refilled with new crops celebrate Holi as a part of their happiness. Because of this, Holi is also known as ‘Vasant Mahotsava’ and ‘Kama Mahotsava’.

Holi is an ancient festival:

Holi is one of the oldest Hindu festivals and it probably started several centuries before the birth of Christ. May be for this reason, Holi is mention in ancient religious books like, Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutra.
Even in some  temples of ancient India have sculptures of Holi on walls. example of this is a temple from the 16th century in Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagar. The temple has many scenes from Holi sculpted on its walls showing princes and princesses along with their maids holding pichkaris to squirt water on royals.
Many medieval paintings such as a 16th century Ahmednagar painting, Mewar painting (circa 1755), Bundi miniature all depicts Holi celebrations in one way or the other.

Holi colors:

Earlier, Holi colors are used to be made from flowers of ‘tesu’ or ‘palash’ tree and is known as gulal. These colors used to be very good for skin as no chemicals were used to make these. But from time to time, the definition of colors for sure have changed with time. And Today people have started using harsh colors made from chemicals. Even fast colors are used to play Holi, which are bad and that is why many people avoid celebrating this festival. We should enjoy this age old festival with the true spirit of festivity.

Holi celebrations:

If you have grand parents they might tell you the story of this entire festival, Holi is not a one day festival as celebrated in most of the states in India, but it is celebrated for three days.
Day 1 – On full moon day (Holi Purnima) colored powder and water are arranged in small brass pots on a thali. The celebration begins with the eldest male member who sprinkles
color on the members of his family.
Day 2- This is also known as ‘Puno’. On this day Holika’s images are burnt and people even light bonfires to remember the story of Holika and Prahalad. Mothers with their babies take five rounds of the bon- fire in a clockwise direction to seek the blessing of the God
of fire.
Day 3- This day is known as ‘Parva’ and this is the last and final day of Holi
celebrations. On this day colored powder and water is poured on each other.The deities of
Radha and Krishna are worshipped and smeared with colors.

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