Holi is the festival of colors and spreading love, in which we apply colors to our love ones. It brings people from all classes and backgrounds together and spreads the message of equality and brotherhood.
However, did you know:-
The Story behind; why do we celebrate Holi?
The word Holi actually ordinates from “Holika”, who was the evil sister of a king named Hiranyakashipu. The story behind this festival is about the king Hiranyakashipu, who was an evil demon king who had the boon of immortality. As a powerful and immortal king, he wanted all people to worship him as a God, but his own son Prahlada disagreed as he believed in Lord Vishnu and believed that he is the real god. King Hiranyakashipu hated this and wanted to kill him. So, he requested his sister, Holika, for help. She had a magical cloak which kept her immune from fire. She took Prahlada with her on a pyre but eventually that magical cloak flew from her and covered Prahlada. In the end, she got burnt and died. That day is remembered as the victory of good over evil. That’s why the day before Holi, “Holi dehen” is celebrated so as to re live that moment again.
Why colors are used to celebrate Holi?
Colors are used as a prop to celebrate Holi because the next day when Holika died, her ashes were taken by villagers and they applied it on their forehead. That’s why colors are used to represent the ashes of Holika’s ashes.
Why Holi is also known as “The Festival of love”?
Lord Krishna has a dark blue skin color. He was afraid if his love, Radha, and other girls would like him or not. Lord Krishna’s mother suggested him to go and color Radha in whatever color he wanted and so he did. From that day onwards, they became a couple and Holi is celebrated as the festival of love. That’s why Holi is celebrated for 16 days in Uttar Pradesh to celebrate the divine love of Radha and Krishna.
The ritual “Lath Mar Holi”?
In Mathura, along with playing with colors another ritual is followed: Women have the rights to hit men with stick playfully and men have to protect them with the help of shields. The reason behind this is when Lord Krishna went to play Holi with Radha and her friends, he teased them and as an offence all of them used to chase him. That’s why this ritual is known as Lath Mar Holi.
Hope this article is helpful and interesting. Play a colorful and safe Holi, readers. Happy holi! 😀