HOLI: festival of love", the "festival of colours", and the "festival of spring".
The festival of colors & love, rightly named Holi falls in the month of March, the day after the full moon every year marking the victory of good over evil.
On the day of Holi, a Holika bonfire is lit to remind this fact. History tells us that Lord Vishnu appeared as half-man, half-lion, and killed Hiranyakashyap at dusk.
Lord Vishnu saved his follower Prahlada from pyre while Prahlada’s evil aunt Holika
The festival is celebrated worldwide and people dance throw colors & Gulal on each other. The only thing which matters is the way in which you celebrate. Some throw colored water with pichkari (spraying), some throwing water colored balloons, and come play with flowers. The style may differ but the feelings for the festival are the same for all.
Interestingly, Easter fires in Germany coincides with Holi. Contrary to the popular history that exists today, the tradition of Easter fires from the pre-Christian Saxon tradition. It is believed that Bonfires at this time of year help the Earth to usher in Spring, and banish the cold and dark of Winter. The fires were also considered a symbol of fertility, and rebirth. The ashes from the Easter fires were spread on the fields to fertilize the soil, and insure good crops for the coming year.
Team Satyawahr wishes you and your family a Happy Holi!
Author: Bhairavi Weber
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