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27 Interesting Facts About Holi
Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a Hindu spring festival held in India and Nepal. In 2018, Holika Dahan (Holi Bonfire) was on March 1 and Rangwali Holi was held on March 2. In 2019, Holika Dahan is on March 20 and Rangwali Holi is on March 21.
Below, you will find some interesting facts about Holi that will help you get to know this festival celebrated by millions of people from different cultures and regions. Holi is highly anticipated even in the United States and Germany.
It's about bringing people together, making them forget their worries and spending a day or two with their friends and family.
Facts about the history of Holi
1. The name Holi comes from "Holika", the sister of the demon king "Hiranyakashyap" (see: Hindu mythology).
2. Legend has it that the evil king, Hiranyakashyap, forbade his son Prahlad to worship one of the Hindu gods: Lord Vishnu. However, Prahlad revered Vishnu despite his father's refusal.
Therefore, the demon king ordered Prahlad to sit on a stake (a structure usually made of wood used to burn a body as part of a funeral rite or execution) with Holika (who was immune to fire). , the sister of the demon king. When the fire started, Holika burned herself, despite her immunity to fire, and Prahlad was saved miraculously, since Prahlad had sought the help of Lord Vishnu during the event.
The Holika fire is celebrated under the name of Holi. However, there are also other arguments, which support the celebration of Holi and its origin. History is also told in different ways, but the conclusion remains the same, that is, "the victory of good over evil."
3. Another legend behind Holi's origin is that Lord Krishna as a baby was poisoned by Putana's breast milk and, therefore, developed the characteristic blue color of his skin. Krishna was not sure if Radha, skinny and other girls would like it. Then, she approached Radha and painted her face with some colors. Radha accepted Krishna despite the blue color of her skin and since that day the Holi festival is celebrated.
4. Occurrence: it is celebrated after the full moon of the month of 'Phalguna', which generally falls between February and March.
5. The exact date of the festival is determined by the Hindu calendar and its arrival varies according to the Gregorian calendar.
6. The Holi festival is celebrated for at least 16 days in the Brag region of India, where Krishna was born.
7. Holi is also celebrated out of India like Mauritius, Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan and the Philippines.
8. The first day is called Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second is Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.
Facts about rituals during Holi
9. The Holi Festival is primarily an entertainment festival. People spend a lot of time during festival days participating in fun activities.
10. Children start using a water balloon and water guns a week or 10 days before Holi. They hide and attack passers-by with balloons filled with water pistols and colored water.
11. Gujiya is a delight that people make at home. It is a delicately sweet dish where the filling is made of dried fruits and other sweet products. It is very popular and people enjoy pleasure to the fullest.
12. A popular saying:The Holi is also popular for a saying “Buranamano, Holi hai!”which means “do not mind, it’s Holi.”
Synthetic vs natural colors
13. The use of synthetic colors during the Holi Festival is a concern for some people. However, many prefer to play with homemade water and natural colors. The natural colors come from indigo, sunflower and calendula flowers.
14. The Holi festival is celebrated by Hindus from all over the world. Nepali peoples origin also celebrate it in different parts of the world. Every year that passes, the festival is welcomed all over the world in many ways and people are happy and happy to celebrate it with their friends and family.
15. The festival begins the night before Holi, when people gather and light a bonfire. The fire is on between 8 pm and midnight. People gather around the fire to watch it while they eat their favorite foods and chat with friends.
16. The Holika bonfire is a meeting place and religious rituals. During their religious rituals, people ask God for forgiveness and pray that their evil ends.
17. The second day of the Holi Festival, also called "Rangwali Holi", is the main day where people play with dry and wet colors. People keep trying to color each other.
How people connect and interact during the festival?
18. Water is an important part of the event as many people use water balloons and participate in interesting battles with family and friends. There are many different colors and it is a good time for everyone, because everyone, regardless of their age, participate.
19. People generally tend to gather and celebrate this festival in public, as it provides an environment conducive to the use of colors and water.
20. Sweets, drinks and food are also shared during the festival.
21. Beware of this drink: Holi is also popular for consuming an intoxicating item: Bhang. This ingredient is mixed with drinks and sweets and is widely consumed by many during the festival. Bhang is made of cannabis leaves.
22. Children of all ages meet and celebrate the festival with unity and vigor. They throw dry and liquid colors of damp colors between themselves and on a family member.
The significance of the festival
23. The delightful Holi festival means the victory of good over evil. It also marks the end of the winter season and welcomes spring.
24. Good to connect: the Holi festival, like Diwali, is important in India and Nepal. It is an excellent opportunity for people from different religious communities, castes, colors and beliefs to come together, strengthen their ties and repair broken relationships.
25. The Holi Festival is a two-day festival.
26. The Holi also marks the death of "Putana" who tried to kill Lord Krishna.
27. Different names of Holi in various states of India: Uttar Pradesh– Lathmar Holi; Uttarakhand– Khadi Holi; Punjab – Hola Mohalla; West Bengal – Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra; Goa – Shigmo; Manipur – Yaosang; Kerala – Manjal Kuli; Bihar – Phaguwa; Assam – Phakuwah; Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh – Rang Panchami; Rajasthan – Royal Holi.
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