We all know that India is a secular country as it comprises of several religions in it without any discrimination. Several religions have their customs and festivals. India can be considered as a hub of different festivals. We all know that the majority of the population in India belongs to religion- Hinduism. There are various festivals celebrated by Hindus such as Diwali, Janmashtami, Lohri, Navratri, Shivratri, Holi and many more. Holi is one of the most popular festivals which is celebrated with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. It is famous not only among Hindus but among people belonging to other religions as well.
A Real Story Behind The Celebration Of Holi As A Festival
There was a demon king named Hiranyakashyap, Who ruled over the whole earth. He had given instructions to everyone to worship him only as he was egocentric. But his son Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Lord Narayana. He never adored his father. Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu whenever his father tried to kill him. When the king Hiranyakashyap who could not find any solution, he asked his sister Holika to make Prahlad sit on her lap and enter a blazing fire. Holika was blessed so she could enter the fire unscathed and the king knew this fact and this the reason that he chose Holika for this task. Holika somehow was able to coax Prahlad and made him sit on her lap and entered the fire. Holika was not aware that the blessing bestowed on her would work only if she enters the fire alone. This was a sinful act being done by her. Prahlad came out of the fire unharmed as he kept on chanting the name of god Narayana all the time when he was sitting in the fire. Lord Vishnu blessed him for his sincere and selfless devotion.
The word Holi has evolved from the name Holika. ‘A victory of good over evil’ is the main lesson learnt from the festival of Holi.
Slogan used during HOLI is : BURA NA MANO HOLI HAI (Don’t mind its HOLI)
What Can All Be Done On Holi?
- Exchange gifts and sweets on Holi to show your love and affection towards your relatives and friends.
- You can plan a Holi party to play Holi with your loved ones. Serve delicious snacks to your guests.
- You can also make your colours at home with the appropriate material.
- You can plan a family lunch or dinner in a peaceful place.
- Search for the clothes you do not wear anymore to wear on Holi as the colours can spoil your clothes in use.
- Gain knowledge about the story behind the celebration of Holi.
Food Items that are Prepared during Holi
Different food items can be prepared on Holi, which are as follows:
- Gujiya: An exclusive sweet for Holi
- Kesari Malai Peda
- Mal Pua
- Matar kheer
- Bhang Ladoos
- Puran Poli
- Papri Chaat
- Chana Masala
- Lentil With Coconut Milk and Kale
- Saffron Rice
You can prepare your favorite snacks as per your choice apart from these.
Make your own Holi colours
Holi festival lovers will be excited to know that it is possible to make simple natural colors in one’s own kitchen. Here are some very simple recipes to make natural colours:
|Color||Method of Preparation|
|Yellow||1) Mix turmeric (haldi) powder with chick pea flour (besan)|
2) Boil Marigold or Tesu flowers in water
|Yellow liquid color||Soak peels of pomegranate (Anar) overnight.|
|Deep Pink||Slice a beetroot and soak in water|
|Orange – red paste||Henna leaves (mehndi) can be dried, powdered and mixed with water.|
Precautions To Be Taken During The Festival Of Holi
- Apply coconut oil or mustard oil as well as sunscreen before going out to play Holi.
- Use green and eco-friendly colours to avoid the side effects of eyes, ears, skin, etc..
- Avoid water balloons and use pickers safely.
- Keep a watch on the children of the family. Try to keep them away from harmful colours.
- Keep emergency numbers with you.
- Do not go on roads and other public places alone to avoid colour attack from the people, especially youngsters.
- Wear clothes less fancy or inexpensive clothes, as they may get colored.
- Carry spare clothes for kids, as they would be drenched with colors or water colors.
- Females – Safety comes first. Its obvious you will tend to bump into strangers, but being around with your known crowd is much safer.
- Permissions for photography: Yes, its is better to take permission from the unknown groups or individuals prior clicking any pics, also same to be followed vice versa way.
HOW TO REMOVE HOLI COLOURS:
- Use Cold water
- Do not use shampoo
- Do not scrub or rub your face, be gentle.
- Use good oil to remove colors dabbed on a cotton from face and skin all over.
- Prepare a paste using curd and methi seeds powder. Apply this on your hair as a post holi hair mask. This will prevent hair damage and keep your hair nourished.
Lets Spread Happiness All Around By Celebrating Holi
Holi is a very positive festival which brings about a new spark in the people. People forget all the tensions and stress and indulge themselves in playing Holi. It is a festival which promotes happiness, joy and delight. Holi is a festival of enjoyment with our family, relatives and friends. Holi is not just played by children, but even elders play it with a lot of exhilaration.
Few of the Holi Celebration Events in Dubai this March 2020:
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Holi Celebration Date 2020 In INDIA
Holi: 10th March 2020
Holika Dahan: 09th March 2020
Perfect Timing for 2020 Holika Dahan:
In Mumbai – 18:47 to 21:11
In Delhi – 18:26 to 20:52