People love Holi because the festival is full of colours and has a great significance in our society. Like many other festivals, Holi gives a message of communal and promotes a sense of brotherhood. It is a religious Hindu festival and is celebrated in India, Nepal and many other countries.
Colors (Gulal) are used to play Holi, and people chase each other around, throwing handfuls of coloured powders (known as gulal) at one another. But have you ever wondered why people throw gulal in air? Read on to know more facts.
Why color especially Gulal is thrown in the air?
On Holi colourful powders are thrown, mixing with water from water guns and water balloons so that the powder sticks to people.
The gulal – thrown during the festival comes from the legend of Lord Krishna. Anyone at Holi is fair game to be covered in the Gulal as a celebration of Krishna and Radha’s love, regardless of age or social status. It also signifies the coming of spring and all the new colours it brings to nature.
Historically, the gulal was made of turmeric, paste and flower extracts, but today synthetic versions are largely used.
The four main powder colours are used to represent different things. Red reflects love and fertility, blue is the colour of Krishna, yellow is the colour of turmeric and green symbolises spring and new beginnings.
Have a look at five more interesting facts about Holi
1. Another legend behind the origin of Holi is that Lord Krishna was poisoned by the breast milk of Putana and thus he developed blue color on his skin. He though no one would like his skin color. So, Krishna approached Radha and colored her face in some colors. Radha accepted Lord Krishna despite the color of his skin and since that day the festival of Holi is celebrated to commemorate love!
2. Holi festival also marks the passing of winter and beginning of spring.
3. The second day of the festival of Holi is referred as “Rangwali Holi”.
4. The name holi derives from “Holika”, the sister of demon King “Hiranyakashyap”. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.
5. The festival is celebrated after the full moon in the month of ‘Phalguna’ which usually falls between February and March.
6. A special dessert that people make at their home is Gujiya.
7. There is a popular saying “Bura na mano, Holi hai!” which means “do not mind, it’s holi.”
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