Holi 2013 | A Famous Hindu Festival
Holi is a very popular, colorful and joyful festival of India. Holi is a festival of colors and people used to play with colors on this day. They through colored water and balloons filled with colors on each other. It is also a tradition to light a bonfire to perform holi pooja. Women perform this pooja and wish for the happiness of their family.
Other then all these, there are so many other things that make Holi festival important for us. There is mythological, social and cultural significance behind this festival and therefore, we celebrate this festival with full joy.
There are so many mythological legends associated with this festival. First legend is related to demon king Hiranayakashyap and his son Prahlad. Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and therefore the king and his sister Holika tried to kill Prahlad by taking him in fire. But this time, with the blessings of Lord Vishnu, Holika burnt in fire and Prahlad came out safely. This was the victory of good over evil and tradition of Holika Dahan came from this legend.
Legend behind tradition of color playing on Holi day is related to Lord Krishn and Radha. According to mythology, Krishna used to play colors with Radha and other gopis and therefore, now people play colors with each other to show their love towards Lord Krishna.
Some other mythological legends that are related to this festival are legend of Pootna and story of Lord Shiva and Kamadeva.
Holi festival also has cultural significance. As it is a festival of good over evil, it teaches people to be truthful and to have good conduct. With this people also get to know about the Indian culture.
This festival also has social significance as people visit their friends and relatives on this festival. They exchange gifts and blessings. So, this festival works to bring people closer.
In this way, Holi festival is very joyful festival and has so many significances.
Holi 2013 Date: Wednesday, 27 March.