Celebration of Holi
The Hindu holiday is usually associated with hundreds of people throwing colorful powders at each other. However, in reality, this holiday is split into two different parts.
What is Holi
Holi is a traditional Hindu festival which marks spring’s arrival. It is known in the whole world as the Festival of Color and lasts for two days. Holi is the celebration of love, fertility, and color.
People celebrate Holi in many countries, but mostly in India and Nepal. In most cases, this celebration is associated with colored powders that cover people after they have thrown them at each other. However, it is only one part of the holiday, which is divided into two events: Holika Dahan and Rangwali Holi.
Holika Dahan is celebrated the evening before Rangwali Holi. On this day, people burn wood and dung cakes in a symbolic pyre in honor of good defeating evil.
The next day, all the participants get together in public spaces and celebrate Rangwali Holi – a noisy affair where everyone chases another people around, throws handfuls of colored powders, and gets drenched in water.
When is Holi Celebrated
The celebration of this holiday is synchronized with the moon, and for this reason the dates of every celebration differ from year to year. This year, Rangwali Holi will be celebrated on March 24, and Holika Dahan in the evening of March 23.
Why is Holi celebrated
Among all the Hindu holidays, Holi is a special one. This celebration draws on different mythologies. The first and the most important is the burning of the devil Holika, as well as the legend of Radha and Krishna. According to the myth, Krishna loved Radha, but he was confused about the difference between their skin colors. So he used his mother’s advice and painted Radha’s face in the same color as his. Lovers celebrate this holiday by coloring their faces in the same color.
Holi is time for everyone to get together and enjoy each other. Everyone is supposed to spend this day with family and friends and get together regardless of caste or ethnicity.
By the way, there are some groups which take the holiday’s religious elements very seriously. For example, in the Braj region of India, Holi is celebrated for 16 days.
How to Get the Powder off the Skin
The most effective way to prevent powder from sticking to the skin is moisturizing it beforehand. Also, there are people who prefer oiling their hair so that it is easier to remove the powder. You can also wear a hat. It is strongly recommended to use home-made powders that include ingredients that are safe and non-harmful. One way to prepare such powder is to mix flour, food dye, and water.