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HOLI: A celebration of colours, an abolishment of evil.

This great land of India has always been on the high note in terms of spirituality. With
roughly 33 Crore Gods & Goddess being worshiped in this country, relatively there are lot of
interesting facts about the festivals being celebrated out there. Every festival is rooted from a
spiritual incident, precisely with the win of good over evil. One of such interesting festival is
the festival of colours, widely known as Holi.

There are multiple manuscripts found by the historians explaining about different names and
reasons to celebrate the festival of Holi in India. One of the largely known story relates to
Prahlad and Lord Vishnu. Prahlad was the Son of a Savage King Named Hiranyakashipu,
King Hiranyakashipu was a as called a Savage King who had gained enormous power due to
his prayers. As it turns out to be, he didn’t use those powers wisely and being one of the most
powerful king he wanted everyone to worship only him like a God and no one else. As
written in Hindu Mythology, Prahlad was a true devotee of Lord Vishnu and in spite of being
son of a Savage King he had heart full of good deeds. This devotion of Prahlad towards Lord
Vishnu was not acceptable to his father King Hiranyakashipu. He tried lot of stunts to make
him stop worshiping Lord Vishnu. When nothing seemed to go his way he attempted various
ways to assassinating his own son to set an example in front of everyone. In one of those
attempts he used his sister named Holika. She had a special boon of not being affected by the
flames of fire. King Hiranyakashipu thought of using it to slaughter his son. As mentioned in
the holy books, Prahlad’s good deeds and his devotion towards Lord Vishnu was so pure that
in spite of having the boon o never getting burnt, Holika died in the fire where in Prahlad
walked out of the flames with not sign of burns. Thus began the story of Holi which is
believed to be festival where good won over the evil.

There are multiple sources from different parts of India for why Holi is celebrated with colors
and sweets. One of the reasons in modern India is the start of Spring season. As we all know
Spring season is known to be the season of colours. Called as BasantRitu in India, implies the
same idea. Holi happens to be celebrated in late month of February or March. In Many parts
of the country it is a two day celebration, where on the first day they create a bonfire
replicating Holika’s death. During the bonfire different rituals are don around the flames. It is
believed that people pray for good deeds to touch their life and the bad deeds or evil to stay
away from them. The second day is celebrated by playing with colours and water to
1. Celebrate the win of good over evil, and 2. To welcome the colourful season of spring.

India being a country of diversity, every festival celebrated here is different from one region
to other. For instance, in the region of West Bengal this day is celebrated as DolJantra. Where
as in the region of Gujarat it is celebrated by the name of Dhuleti, in Maharashtra as Shimga,
in Uttar Pradesh as Holi and Lath Maar Holi. In Bihar and Assam as Phaguwa.
This trend of playing colors to welcome the Spring season is not only limited to India, Nepal.
But is also witnessed in European countries, North Americas, Africas, etc.

Tips: Before playing Holi  Body: It’s also a good idea to apply a thick layer of moisturizer. petroleum jelly or coconut oil on your face and other exposed parts of the body to prevent colours from coming into direct contact with your skin. Apply a lot of moisturising cream to keep the skin hydrated. Apply a lip balm for your lips.  If the colours are still left on your skin you can apply besan with milk/milk cream on your body for removing colours. Use a cream-based cleanser or you can even use oil for removing the colours. Also keep sipping water carefully while playing Holi. spirit or petrol to clean your face.  Don’t use hot water. and then go for a bath. Soaps contain esters that erode the skin layers and often cause rashes. Use normal water. Use a sun glass to protect your eyes from a misfire of colour filled darts or water jets.  Bhang/Alcohol: Don’t consume bhang if you are a heart patient. Wear dark colour-full sleeves cotton clothes.  Water: Drink plenty of water before you start playing Holi. Add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent dandruff and infection triggered by the chemical colours.  Stay away from sunlight till colour is removed. it will stick the colour on your body.  Lips and Eyes: Don’t wear lenses. This will keep your skin hydrated. Try a cream-based cleanser or baby oil.  Don’t use kerosene.  Itching in eye or redness may be normal but if it continues for more than few hours immediately contact with a doctor. .  Clothing: What you choose to wear should cover maximum parts of your body. coconut or castor oil. Tips: After playing Holi  Do not scrub the colour off with soap. Synthetic cloth would be sticky and denims would be heavy once you have a bucket full of colours/water splashed on you.  Hair: Oil your hair and scalp with olive. Mostly people are interested in applying surprise colours on your face and you may get your eyes hurt by the lenses. excessive intake may lead to heart attack/failure.

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