Monday, March 1, 2010

Holi - The Festival of Colors

Holi means lots of colors, lots of sweets, gathering of friends and family members. All together it brings season of happiness.
Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima (last full moon day of the lunar month) as per Hindu Calender, normally it comes in the spring, end of February or early March.
We celebrate Holi to celebrate the victory of 'good' over 'bad'. It bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships.
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the eve of Holi. The main significance of the festival is on the burning of the holy fire or Holika. The origin of the traditional lighting of Holi is the burning of evils like Holika, Holaka and Putana. Numerous myths and stories are associated with this festival.
People celebrate Holi by rubbing colored powder (Abeer and Gulal) on each others faces, throwing colored water at each other... people send blessings and love to dear ones by giving special Holi gifts.

Rango ke tyohar mein sabhi rango ki ho bharmar
Dher saari khusiyon se bhara ho aapka sansar
Yahi dua hai bhagwan se hamari har bar
Holi Mubarak ho mere yaar

May God gift you all the colors of life,
Colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship, colors of love 
and all other colors you want to paint in your life.
Happy Holi

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