The celebration of colors, ‘Holi’
Holi is a festival of colors and is believed to be a celebration of Radha’s eternal love for Krishna. This festival is celebrated in different ways across India. It is usually celebrated in spring and that is why it is called as spring festival. Seeing the form of Holi festival as widespread today one can be pleased about this festival is that this is basically celebrated at every social level among innumerable castes, ages, sexes, and statuses.
The passion of the people reaches at the peak and matches with the nature which is in full reward at the time of Holi. This celebration has a religious origin as the Hindus believe that, Holika, an evil woman who tried to burn, Prahlad, a true devotee of God. However, Prahlad was saved by the almighty God, and Holika was blistered to ashes. Since then the Hindus rejoice the victory of Prahlad as a festivity. It represents the victory of good against evil or virtue over vice. Holikotsav, Dhulikotsav and Rangotsav are three Holi variants, which stand out sequentially. Holi, Dhulvag and Rangapanchmi are their popular names. Among them Rangapanchmi is the fifth day celebration of Holi.The significance of holi festival has crossed many pages in history to arrive here, as a time to celebrate renewal. Every festival has its own traditions in the surroundings, but what really matters is the spirit of positivity and energy.
It is celebrated in the dark fortnight of Hindu lunar month of phalgun by throwing a red, fragrant powder (gulal) and splashing colored water and in the midst of these coloring game, the mouth was savored by Holi specialties like gujiya, malpuas, mathri, puran poli, dahi badas etc with a glass full of thandai.
The fire, which excels with its brightness on Holi, decomposes the raja-tama particle in the atmosphere and this helps activate various divine being in the form of colours. Rang Panchami is a symbol of victory over raja-tama. This enjoyment is illustrious by throwing colours in the air. Rang Panchami, played on Falgun Vadya Panchami involves incantation of Gods and is a part of worship of the evident form of Gods. Its purpose is to activate the five elements of bright evident colours and to touch and feel the divine beings who are attracted to the respective colours. These five elements are a source, which helps to activate the elements of the divine being. Rang Panchami is the worship of the liberator form of the Deities.
Even so, in the present times, there is lot of negligence taking place in the name of celebrating Holi. It’s a festival of joviality but then there are few who make this festival, a festival of evil. They do this by annoying the unfamiliar person by vigorously throwing colours on them; some use colours that are difficult to remove and unsafe for skin and health. Many take it as a day of drinking alcohol but we should not forget that Holi is a festival of victory of good over evil; albeit not being evil. We must try to rinse away all the evils from our heart and permit the color of love to cleanse all the negativity. Thus, then only the true significance of Holi is revealed.