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    Mythological and Cultura of Holi 2017

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    Celebrated the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalgunam, Holi is a spring festival and is significant for the harvest season that begins around this time. Holi is also special because it gathers people to celebrate the arrival of Spring with a touch of color, loaded water pistols and a variety of traditional Holi specialties. You have often heard people say "Bura Na Maano Holi Hai", the common saying is related to this very aspect of Holi that fills all social barriers and allows people to lose and engage in joyfully-making play.

    The Holi festival is spread over two days, Choti Holi and Rangwali Holi. The night of the first day of Holi, people gather in large numbers and organize a bonfire called Holika Dahan. The fire of joy commemorates the burning of Holika, the sister of King Hiranyakashyap. According to Hindu mythology, Hiranyakashyap, he was a ruthless ruler of antiquity, who, with his repeated triumphs and a special blessing from Lord Shiva, began to consider himself Lord and especially Lord Vishnu who greatly despised. But to his dismay, his own son Prahalad proved to be a fervent devotee of Lord Vishnu.

    Hiranyakashyap tried everything to turn his son into his faith, but failed every time, and so finally decided to kill his own son. Her sister Holika had a special dress with which she could enter a burning pyre and leave unscathed. Perceving a perfect opportunity to get rid of the small Prahalad Holika and Hiranyakashyap planned a vicious plan to organize a massive bonfire where they can kill Prahalad, while Holika can leave unscathed. But destiny had other plans, a strong gust of wind chased Holika's coat and was burned to ashes as Prahalad emerged from the fire intact.

    His strong devotion to Lord Vishnu saved Prahalad from the mighty fire. This legend is of fundamental importance to the Hindus, preaching the power of devotion, faith and the victory of good over evil.
    People imitate the great legend by organizing a great bonfire called Holika Dahan. They continue to collect heaps of wood waste and cow manure a week earlier. On Dahan Day, people organize a huge pile of wood in the center that is surrounded by pearls, garlands and small toys made of cow manure. At the top of this pile they again place idols of Prahlada and Holika made of cow's dung. Once the Dahan begins, the idol of Prahlad is carefully removed from the beginning, while Holika's idol continues to burn, marking the symbolic recreation of the legend. The next morning, people will pick up the ashes and apply them on the forehead to keep them safe from unfavorable energies.

    The next day we celebrate the Rangpanchami or Rangwali Holi with the traditional colors of Holi, water and delights like Gujiyas, Malpua and Thandai. Celebrated throughout the country, Holi is associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha, and the color scheme among lovers. That's why, in cities like Mathura and Vridavan, the Holi festival is so important and famous for a period of five days. In the adjacent state of Mathura, Lath-Maar Holi is a popular way to celebrate this festival. It is believed that Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, would persecute Radha to dye the face of his beloved in bright colors, and also play a little water on his Gopis. By borrowing from this game, people gather in large numbers to celebrate the festival of colors with Gulaal and Pichkaris.

    In southern India, another legend of Holi's signature is very popular and concerns Kaamdeva and Lord Shiva. When Lord Shiva was plunged into deep meditation and the whole world was in a state of chaos, it was the sacrifice of Kaamdev, Lord of the Passion, who revoked Lord Shiva of meditation to save the world. For this he had to pay the price of the anguish of Lord Shiva and was burned Kaamdev in ashes to disrupt his deep meditation. People in southern India celebrate the sacrifice of Lord Kammdev on the occasion of Holi. In Bengal, the Holi festival is celebrated as the "Swing Festival" called "Dolyatra" where the icons of Krishna and Radha are placed on the swings and revered. Women and men dance around swings and play with colors.

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