Holi – The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February-March. This is a colourful festivals celebrated with much joy and fervour all over the India. The places associated with Lord Krishna like Mathura, Vrindavan, Gowardhan, Gokul, Nandagaon and Barsana have their own culture and tradition of celebrating the festival. Barsana is famous for its lathmar holi.
Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub â€˜Gulalâ€™ and â€˜abeerâ€™ on each other faces and cheer up. Holi is celebrated for 2 days. The first day is known as Jalanewali Holi or holika dahan. The day of Holika Dahan is also called as choti holi. It is known by many names across the India like south India celebrates it by the name of Kama Dahanam Second day is called as Khelne wali holi or the day on which holi colors and holi water comes into play. Also known as Dhulendi by many traditional folks
On the first day called â€˜Choti Holi. The image of Holika are Burnt in keeping with the legend of Prahlad and his devotion to Lord Vishnu. Everyone gathers in the street for the festival, and the air rings with shouts, catcalls, curses and general mayhem. On this day public bonfire is held and gathers near the fire to fill the air with folk songs and dances. One should definitely follow the right Mahurat for Holika Dahan. The right Mahurat for Holika Dahan is on 23rd March 2016, 06:25 P.M. to 09:05 P.M.
The final day of the festival called as Dhulandi, when children, youth, men, and women visit each otherâ€™ homes and colored powders called â€˜aabirâ€™ and Gulala are thrown into the air and smeared on each other â€˜s face and bodies. Holi demands big time planning. Buckets and barrels of strongly coloured water have to be concocted and water balloons filled to greet friends and neighbours. The gala time starts in the morning itself. People go around smearing each other with gulal (coloured powder) and coloured water. Children shoot jets of water from their pichkaris, screaming gleefully. A lot of people spend the day alternating between getting drenched and coloured. Singing and dancing to the beat of dholaks (drums) completes the picture.
Team AskGanesha wishes you all a very Happy Holi. We advice you to play a safe and friendly holi with friends and family. May this festival of color brings happiness in your life.Holi - The Festival of Colour by Abhishek Dhawan