“Let the colours of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness.”
The time to dip your woes in the hues of joy is here again because the festival of colours if just round the corner. Holi, this one word brings different levels of joys and happiness for everyone. For some, this day is an excuse to throw water balloons around and to play with colours while for others this day means being with one’s family. Celebrated in the spring season every year, Holi marks the victory of good over evil, the end of the harsh winter season and the beginning of a humble spring season. This year Holi will be celebrated on March 13, while one day prior to it on March 12 chhoti holi (also known as holika dahan) will be celebrated.
According to the traditional literature, Holi is celebrated to pay tribute to the Hindu god Vishnu and his bhakt Prahlada. It is there in legends, that lord Vishnu helped his follower Prahlada in order to kill the evil King Hiranyakashipu, who has special powers. Hiranyakashipu has earned a boon, according to which he could not be killed by a human being or an animal, at day or at night, indoors or outdoors, by astra or by any shastra and on land or in water or air. The bonfire that takes places on chhoti holi or holika dahan marks the celebration of the end of evil by and the victory of righteousness.
This year don’t just play with colours, be with your closed ones, eats lots and lots of sweet till your teeth hurt. Nourish your skin with coconut and mustard oil to avoid any kind of rash. Use herbal colours instead of dye colours and most of all stay hydrated.
Wish you and your family a very happy Holi!