Holi is The Festival of Colors, which celebrates the arrival of spring, is just around the corner. Holi 2021 will be celebrated on March 29 (Monday) while Holika Dahan will be held on March 28, 2021 (Sunday). However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several states and UT have announced a ban on public celebrations of the Holi festival 2021. On the other hand, India has recorded 47,262 new Covid-19 cases, said the Health Ministry on Wednesday.
Here’s a list of states/union territories that imposed Holi 2021 restrictions to curb the further spread of Covid-19:
People can however hold small neighborhood Holika Dahan bonfires. Holi is celebrated on the Full Moon day in the month of Phalgun. Holi is a celebration of good over evil and the end of winter.
Colors play a symbolic role in Hindu culture. But it may vary according to different stories.
Why Holi in India is called the festival of Colors?
In Holi, every street in India becomes a riot of color. India is a land of countless cultures and traditions. This is why different shades of gulal (Colors) have different meanings behind them.
Holi is known to be a celebration of spring, colors, and love. Holika Dahan is one of the most auspicious festivals before Holi. Meanwhile, there is a mythological story of Prahlada and Hirnayakashipu. In Holika Dahan, people circle around the Holika bonfire and pray for their family’s well-being.
The word ‘Holi’ comes from the word “Holika” who was the evil sister of the monstrous King Hiranyakashipu. As per beliefs, Hiranyakashyap – a demon god had become very powerful. While His son Prahlad was an ardent follower of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap had stopped him from worshipping the god.
As a result, attempted to kill his son Prahlada by making him sit on a burning pyre with his aunt Holika. The fire killed Holika. Unable to bear the injustice, Lord Vishnu appeared and took the form of Narasimha i.e. half human and half lion.
He took Hiranyakashipu on his lap and killed with his lion claws at the doorstep during dusk. Hence, the Holika Dahan is a symbolic reminder of the victory of good over evil.
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- Holika Dahan Date – March 28, Sunday
- Holika Dahan Shubh Muhurta – 06:37 PM to 08:56 PM
- Bhadra Punchha – 10:13 AM to 11:16 AM
- Bhadra Mukha – 11:16 AM to 01:00 PM
- Purnima Tithi Begins – March 28 at 03:27 AM
- Purnima Tithi Ends – March 29 at 12:17 AM
How to perform Holika Dahan rituals?
You will need a bowl of water, Roli, unbroken rice grains or Akshat, insense sticks, flowers, raw cotton thread, turmeric pieces, unbroken moong daal, batasha (sugar or gur candy), coconut and gulal.
You can wrap the cotton thread around Holika.
After that, the water of and all other samagri (items) are dedicated to Holika one by one.
Rice and flowers are used why saying the mantras.
Express yourself than with the vibrant colors:
Brightly colored powders are used in Holi. Firstly, dry powder colors are called, ‘gulal’. Secondly, if you mix it water, you call it ‘rang’.
Red: The most used color in Holi. It is an auspicious color for pleasing gods. The ultimate color of love, passion, and fertility.
Yellow: Colour of health, happiness, knowledge, and peace. Symbolizing happiness, meditation, and peace.
Green: In addition, The colour of nature. Represents Lord Ram who is another reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Blue: Represents the color of Krishna. This is because when he was a child, demons tried to poison him. Also symbolizes the ocean and sky.
Pink: The colour of caring and compassion.
How can we leave behind amazing Holi Songs! Lip-smacking sweets, thandai and splash coloured powder, water, and balloons and some groovy songs!! However, no celebration is complete without some songs that go perfectly with the occasion.
Here are the top 06 Bollywood Holi songs to celebrate the festival :
Holi Ke Din:
Holi Khele Raghuveera:
Jai Jai Shiv Shankar: