Holi is just not a festival of hues and triumph of good over evil but a celebration of universal brotherhood where everyone is deemed equal. The colours of Holi dissolve the factors like gender, caste, religion, background and ethnicity that divide humans. It symbolises unity. This is the reason kids enjoy and admire this festival a lot as they see humans as humans.
It is a two-day festival that commences on the full-moon- day (Poornima). People gather in their respective colonies on the eve of the first day. Campfire takes place where heaps of hay and cow dung is burnt. As per Hindu Puranas and Vedas, there’s a tale that dates back to millions of years back. As per the legends, demon Hiranakashyap summoned his sister Holika to kill his son Prahalad. When she set on the pyre with her nephew, she succumbed to fire despite being blessed with a boon. While Lord Vishnu’s devotee Prahlad survived it. Ever since then the day is being observed as Holi. The festival falls in Hindu month of Phagun. The day next to it is called known Dhulandhi. People play with several colors in different parts of India. They apply hues on each other faces and hug. It’s the day when foes become friends. The distinction between rich and poor; male and female are completely blurred. Barriers of religion and castes are broken. Shackles of bigotry go for a people immerse themselves into happiness, celebrations and joy. The colorful faces exude extreme pleasure. From veterans to kindergartens the surrounding becomes electrifying.
The city of Jaipur has a penchant of Holi celebrations. To know about it more, take a look at our another article.