Holi In 2019:
Holi is a very popular festival in not only India and Nepal but it also celebrated in many countries like South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mauritius. The festival of color is celebrated after the night of Holika Dahan where all Hindus gathered in front of the bonfire and pray to destroy their inner demons like Holika, the sister of the evil king Hiranyakashipu who was killed in the fire.
And the next day we celebrate the festival of colors with our friends and families where we smear each other with powder of colors and drench each other. Kids shoot their water guns and water balloons which filled with various colored water, everyone participates in this festival friends, family, rich, poor, man, woman, children, elder Hindu or not. Then the fight of colors begins in the open streets, open parks, Outside temples, and buildings.
When Is Holi In 2019?
Holi is not only a National holiday in India and Nepal but its also regional holiday in many countries. The date of Holi generally falls in March but sometimes in late February. This year the Holi festival will be celebrated on
Why We Celebrate Holi: The Legends Behind The Holi Festival
Why We Celebrate Holi: The Legend Of Lord Vishnu
There is an ancient legend that explains Why we celebrate Holi in the honor of Hindu deity Vishnu and his follower Prahlada. The king of the demon asuras, Hiranyakashipu got a blessing that he could not be killed by a human nor by an animal neither at day nor at night, neither by any weapon, neither at day nor at night, and neither on land nor in water or air. So he thinks he becomes a god and nobody can defeat him. And starts to terrorize people.
Though his own son Prahlad does not follow his father’s orders and hates how he terrorize peoples, he is devoted to Lord Vishnu so Hiranyakashipu orders top punish his son for his disloyalty. But miraculously any of those punishments couldn’t able to harm Prahlad, Hiranyakashipu burst into anger and thoughts a way to punish by tricks. Holika, the evil aunt tricked him to sit on a hidden oven with her. She is wearing a cloak that can protect her from the fire but Prahlad was not. When the flames started her cloak flew by a strong wave of wind and covered Prahlad mysteriously. As a result, Holika died in her’s own trap. (That is why we celebrate Holika Dahan in front of a bonfire. To erase the evil and bring the lights in our life.)
Then Lord Vishnu appeared as an avatar at dusk to destroy the evil which is a big threat to humankind. Narsimha, The avatar becomes a being of half human and half lion. He took Hiranyakashipu at the doorstep because he could not be killed in indoor or in outdoor. Then Narasimha took him into his lap which was not land and not in the air. And he finally elements the demon king with his lion claws which is not a handheld weapon.
The Holika Dahan does not only remind us the heroic presence of Narasimha but it also gives us a message that no matter how powerful can an evil becomes If there is a small light of hope that can lead us to victory can defeat any evil.
Why We Celebrate Holi: The Legend Of Lord Krishna
Why We Celebrate Holi: The Legend Of Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva, The Hindu god of destruction goes into a meditative state for a long time. So goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva becomes upset and wants to bring lord shiva back into the world again. So she requested kama (the god of love) for help. The Kama agreed to help and shoots an arrow of love to Lord Shiva but he opened his third eye and burns the arrow to ashes. For this incident, Rati (the wife of the Kama also known as kamdevi) and Paravati gets disappointed. So Rati goes into her own meditative state for forty days. From which lord Shiva understands his mistake and restores the god of love. The day returning god of love is forty days after Vasant Panchami is celebrated as Holi
How Holi Celebrated In Other Countries?
How Holi Celebrated In Nepal
Unlike many festivals of India Holi is also celebrated as a national festival of Nepal. Where Holi is also a National Hollyday like India. Their celebration of Holi is based on the Legend of Lord Krishna. People of Nepal go to their neighbors’ house to play with the colors by throwing colored powders to each other and shooting water guns and balloons like India.
How Holi Celebrated In Russia
How Holi Celebrated In America
There are so many places in united states where Holi is celebrated as a social event. Like NYC Holi Hai in new york, Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple at Spanish Fork, Utah and festival of colors: Holi Nyc in New York. Thousands of American gathered in these places and to play Holi.