This festival of colors is traditionally celebrated for two days. Holika is burnt on the first day, which is also called “Holika Dahan”. The second day is called Dhurddi, Dhulendi, Dhurkhel or Dhulivandan.
- Holi is celebrated on 10 March 2020
- Holi is celebrated and played in various ways in our country
- It is a tradition to worship the full moon on the day of Holi
Holi festival is just about to come. Everyone looks forward to this beautiful festival of colors. The color, the forehead adorned with Gulal, the sweetness of Gujhiyas and Malpuas, the presence of loved ones makes it even more beautiful. This time there is “Holika Dahan” on 9 March and Holi will be celebrated across the country on 10 March. But do you know why Holi is colored? When did the tradition of applying color on Holi begin? Why is Gujhiya made on Holi? If we do not know then let us tell.
Why is Holi Colored
Many kinds of things are said about Holi. Some believe that the first Holi was played by Lord Krishna along with Radha and the Gopis. The proof of Braj Holi is also found in religious books. Some people believe that the tradition of applying color on Holi started in Dwapara Yuga. Earlier, Holi was played with flowers, sandalwood, and kumkum and then slowly colors also joined it.
An ancient times, married women used to celebrate Holi for the happiness and prosperity of the family. It was a tradition to worship the full moon on the day of Holi. In the Vedic period, this festival was called Navatraishti Yajna. In ancient times, there was a law to take Holy offerings by donating half a grain of the field in a yajna. The half-grain is called Hola, from which it got its name “Holika Utsava”.
Holi festival was also prevalent among Aryans. Holi was mostly celebrated in eastern India. Holi is found in many ancient religious books. At the same time, Holi was called “Eid-E-Gulabi” in the Mughal period. According to the evidence, Mughal emperors also played Holi. In ancient times, songs were sung after the yajna.
The last Mughal Emperor Shah Zafar is famous that his ministers used to paint him on Holi. Not only this, but a picture of the Alwar Museum also shows Jahangir playing Holi. Holi was celebrated in the era of Shah Jahan under the name “Aab-E-Pashi”
The Famous Poat Raskhan Writes:–
“फागुन लाग्यो जब तें तब तें ब्रजमण्डल में धूम मच्यौ है,
नारि नवेली बचैं नहिं एक बिसेख यहै सबै प्रेम अच्यौ है !
सांझ सकारे वहै रसखानि सुरंग गुलाल ले खेल रच्यौ है,
कौ सजनी निलजी न भई अब कौन भटू बिहिं मान बच्यौ है !!“
Why Gujhiya is made on Holi?
Gujhiya made on Holi also has its own history. It is not Indian. Gujhiya is said to have come from countries like Turkey and Afghanistan. It is also a tradition of Holi. There are many ways to make it. The taste of Gujhiya made from dry fruits and khoya is unique in itself. There is no strong information about why it is specially prepared for Holi.
Holi Songs on Holi
The songs of Phag sung on the day of Holi have been going on for many years. This program of singing and playing starts only after Holika Dahan. In Holi, there is also a practice of bursting the Pitcher. The group of Govinda of the neighborhood takes part in the Pitcher Bur program with a loud noise.
Some Misconceptions About Cannabis in Holi
There is a tradition of drinking cannabis on Holi. Drinking cannabis is not a classical tradition. Cannabis is addictive. Holi is a festival of ecstasy and zeal, there is no place for intoxication in it. Stay away from cannabis and alcohol on Holi.
Types of Holi in the Country
Holi is celebrated and played in various ways in our country, such as the sitting Holi of Kumaon, Dol-Jatra in Bengal, Rangpanchami in Maharashtra, Shimgo in Goa, Hola-Mohalla in Punjab, Kaman Podigai of Tamil Nadu, Yosang of Manipur, Bhagoria of MP Malwa, etc. But the Holi of Brajbhoomi; Especially Barsana’s Lathmar Holi is famous all over the world.