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    What is the exact history behind Holi, the nice festival?

    Holi could be a few weeks away. I still remember my good old bachelor days in New Delhi and Ahmedabad, two fabulous cities of India.

    The festival of colours is so vibrant and enjoyable. It is so easy to identify with the fun that is an integral part of Holi festival.

    Be that as it may, it could be centuries old. Google might give information. But Members who know better will be able to throw far better light on it.

    Please do give the full history and significance of Holi.
  • #659804
    Prahlad was the son of Hiranyakashyap. Hirnyakashyap is a hater of Lord Vishnu. He doesn't want anybody in his kingdom to worship Lord Vishnu and no one should utter his name also in his kingdom. But his son Prahlad was a devotee of Vishnu. His father tried many ways to turn his son's attention from Vishnu but he was not successful. He was given so many punishments but he emerged out successful without any problem. Hirnyakashyap asked Holika, his sister to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. She had a boon to enter fire unscathed. So she did it. But Prahalad comes out of the fire without any problem but Holika got burned. The tradition of burning Hoika on the day of Holi has come from this incident. Another story we hear is Krishna started applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities.
    always confident

  • #659821
    Yes, there is this mythological story associated with the Holi festival which has been narrated above in detail. There is a movie named Bhakt Pralhad which is being mostly shown on Television the festival day Holi name came from Holika's name It must be so that people remember Holika and also the devotion of devotee Prahlad. The festival signifies victory of 'Right over 'Wrong'. In night the ritual of burning of bunches of woods is followed which is called as 'Holika Dehan' in Hindi. The next day people play with colours to show their joy.

  • #659825
    As already narrated, Holi is a festival of celebrating the victory of good over evil.

    Many festivals are claimed to be generated from the mythological stories and could be true also. As mythological stories are nothing but the unofficial history of the past.

    It is a festival of fun and frolic and the colours make it very attractive for the people who dance under its spell and enjoy.

    This festival is more prominent in the Northern part of our country.

    Seeing the environmental hazards and adulteration in the colours some people want to celebrate in a colourless way but the majority of people do not agree to this proposition and force others to join. To that extent, some people may not be comfortable with this festival and lock themselves in their houses till the hue and cry is over. So that is a bit negative part of the festival but if we see in a broader prospect, there are similar festivals elsewhere in the world where people are covered with mud or throw ripened tomatoes on each other and enjoy.

    So I think it is inherent in human nature to have such funny and highly entertaining festivals once a while to break the graceful monotony of our lives.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #659841
    Holi is associated with the mythological story of Bhakt Prahlad and Holika (his aunt). She had got a boon from God that she could not be burnt. One day the king Hirnakashyap asked his sister Holika to let his son Prahlad in her lap and set them on fire to kill Prahlad but Holika herself burnt and died but Prahlad did not. Since then Holi is celebrated all over the country. It is celebrated because of the win of good over the evils. The very next day people play with the colours which are actually called Dulandi. The festival of colours is believed to greet people. People having fights greet each other forgetting the past matters.

    But these days due to the mixing of chemicals in the colours which harm the skin, people hesitate to play with the colors so the charm of the festival has faded these days.


    " It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not" ... Andre Gide

  • #659896
    Holi is a good festival and the unlimited fun and enjoyment is the thing which people really relish during this festival.

    Only concern is the harmful chemicals and adulterations in the colours which are so sparingly used during this time.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

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