HAPPY HOLI 2021 – Holi Eassy In English
This year, Happy Holi In 2021 falls on 28th and 29th March, i.e, Holika Dahan on March 28 and Holi on March 29.28 March 2021 – Sunday
29 March 2021 – Monday
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Happy Holi, also known as the “festival of spring” or the “festival of colors”, is an ancient Hindu festival that is celebrated every year to symbolize the victory of good over evil.
WHAT IS HOLI AND WHY IS IT CELEBRATED?
Holi festival is a celebration of the arrival of spring, the end of winter and the fruiting of love and happiness all around. The Holi festival also marksa good start to the spring harvest season. There are various beliefs on the origin of Holi in various works of ancient Indian literature. According to a popular version of the story, an evil king named King Hiranyakashyap became very much powerful and forced his subjects to worship their god. But in the king’s wrath, his son Prahlada was a devotee of the Hindu god Vishnu.
The enraged king conspired with his sister Holika to kill his son. Holika, who was immune to fire,somehow made Prahladato sit onher lap in the pyre. When the pile was set on fire, Vishnu’s devotion to the boy helped him without running away, despite Holika’s resistance to fire; she was burned to death that is how the festival got his name Holi or Holika Dahan.Since then, people have lit a light called Holi on the festival of Holi, winning good over evil and overcoming loyalty to God. Children find extraordinary joy in the ritual, which has another myth.
While in the other version some people also remember Holi as the death of the wicked Puthana. While carrying out Krishna’s devil Uncle Kansa’s plan, the ogres tried to feed Krishna by poisoning him. On the other hand, Krishna drank his blood and stayed. Some people who look at the source of celebration from seasonal cycles think that Pautana’s death as a symbol of end of winter season and start of spring season.
WHEN IS HOLI CELEBRATED?
Holi celebrations last for a night and a day. Its celebrations start from the evening of the full moonday/Purnimain the month of Phalgun of the Hindu calendar that falls in mid-March of the Gregorian calendar. The night is known as Holika Dahan or Choti Holi and the next day is known as Holi or Rangwali Holi or Dhulandi or Phagwa.
Unlike other festivals in India, Holi does not require any religious supervision. This is a day to utmost enjoyment and fun!
On the eve of the Holi festival, burning of large piles in many parts of India that signifies the burning of evil spirits with Holika Dahan. People often burn firewood and dry leaves and twigs.To thank Agni, gram and stalks from the crop are given to Agni with all humility. The ash left from this burn is considered sacred and people apply it on the forehead. People feel that ashes protect them from violent forces.
On Dhulandi or Rangwali Holi, the streets and towns become colorful as people throw colored dust into the air and into others. The vivid colors of Gulal and Abir fill the air with joy, laughter and love.People sprinkle water on each other during celebrations and wish Happy Holi to each other. Water guns are used to pour water, and colorful water-filled balloons fly through the roof. In later days, families gather for a festive meal. Sharing sweets between neighbors and friends is also a common gesture of Holi Festival Celebrations.
Holi holds special significance in the Braj region, which includes places traditionally associated with Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh and Barsana become popular tourist destinations during the Holi season. In Vrindavan, Holi is celebrated with a special puja and traditional ritual of worshiping Lord Krishna; here the Holi festival lasts for sixteen days.
The traditional Holi celebration also includes a Mattki Fod similar to Dahi Handi in Maharashtra and Gujarat, also known as Makhan Chor (literally a butter thief) during Krishna Janmashtami in memory of Lord Krishna. It is a historical heritage of the Braj region and the western region of India. An earthen pot filled with butter or other dairy products is hung with a rope. Groups of boys and men climb over each other’s shoulders to build and break pyramids, while girls and women sing songs and throw colorful water into the pyramids to divert their attention and make their task harder. [This ritual is still practiced in Hindu diaspora communities.
Holi Celebrations lasts for seven days in the Kanchpur area. On the last day, Ganga Mela or Holi Mela is celebrated. This fair (fair) was started by freedom fighters who fought against British rule in 1857 during the First War of Independence under the leadership of Nana Sahib. In 1857 a fair is organized at various stages along the banks of the Ganges River in Kanpur to commemorate the Hindus and Muslims who opposed the British forces.
Holi begins with a special puja in the north-eastern district of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. This day is called the “Holy Milan”, considered the most colorful day of the year, which promotes brotherhood among people. People go to all the houses and sing Holi songs, dance and apply gulal to each other.
Holi festival is originated and predominantly celebrated in India; but now it has spread to other parts of Asia as well and various parts of the Western world through migrants from the Indian subcontinent.
Happy Holi 2021 might be different for all of us due to ongoing covid-19 pandemic. So, stay at your homes and strictly follow all the necessary measures.
We wish you a Happy Holi 2021 and a Safe Holi!
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