Festival of Colors.
Holi is the festival of freedom from social norms. Colors and ‘gulal’ are showered on the people dressed up in white clothes and the whole community seems to merge into one big fraternity under the guise of colors, without any distinction of caste, creed, color or sex. Children with ‘pichkaris’ (big syringes to squirt colored water) and faces smeared with color, look adorable. People exchange good wishes, sweets and gifts. Holi parties are organized on the ground where people dance to the rhythmic beats of the drums and sing Holi songs. Light snacks and milk-based cool drink known as ‘Thandai’ are often served in these parties that may be intoxicated with ‘bhaang’. Also known as ‘Phagwah’, Holi is celebrated with colors to welcome the spring season.
Celebrated in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu calendar, ‘Holi’ is the thanksgiving festival of India, where people offer ‘hola’ or prayer to the Almighty for good harvest and a bountiful season. Holi has a theme of universal brotherhood and the holy bonfires that are burnt on the previous night remind us of the value of true faith and devotion in God. The romantic teasing of young hearts reminds us of the love pranks of Radha and Krishna. Holi is one of the most boisterous festivals celebrated with full of zeal and enthusiasm.
Colors for Holi
Originally, only natural and herbal colors were used for Holi. The powder was known as ‘gulal’, the natural colored talc as ‘abir’ and colored water as ‘rang’.