Holi is one of the greatest festivals for the Hindu community, especially those Hindus living in the North and East parts of India. It marks the arrival of spring season. Therefore, the festival falls in March month every year. There are several mythological stories related to the celebration that people recall in this auspicious occasion. It is actually a celebration of fun, togetherness and love.
Holi Date in 2018
Mythical Stories of Holi
The legend of “Holika” is associated with the festival. The Holi word drives from “Holika” who was a demoness. She burnt to death with the help of God Vishnu therefore the festival marks the victory of good over evil. She was sister of King Hiranyakashipu who is the father of a great Lord Vishnu’s devote, Prahlad.
The legend of Radha and Krishna is also associated with the festival. Krishna loved Radha but was self-conscious about the difference in their skin colours. So, on the advice of his mother, he painted Radha’s face of his skin colour. Since then Holi has resembled to the festival of love.
It is a 2-day festival. The first day is Holika Dahan which takes place the night before Rangwali Holi. People burn wood and dunk cakes in a pile that signifies victory of good over evil. The next morning is Rangwali Holi where people gather in an open space to take part in the raucous affair. They pour colour at one another. Both liquid and dry colours are used. The government of India appeals people to use organic colours as they are not harsh to skin.
Hindus enjoy the festival much by wishing happy Holi to their community. In many parts of India, the dry colour called Gulal is played in the evening time. So, the enjoyment goes for all day long.
Like Janamashtami, on this very date of Holi, the Matka Ceremony is played in Mathura and Vridavana. A big earthen pot full of butter milk is tied at an unreachable height which needs to break. A group of boys formed a human pyramid to break the Matka. The group who succeeded in the task is called winner. Women try to intervene the group to break the matka.