THE HOLI FESTIVAL

DATE AND PUNCHANG

Date: 18 March 2022

Tithi: – Purnima up to 12:45

Purnima: up to 12:45

Nakshatra: – Uttara Phalguni up to 24:11

Yoga: – Ganda up to 23:08

First Karana: – Bava up to 12:45

Second Karana: – Baalava upto 24:13

Day: – Friday

The Festival of Colours is an annual celebration of color and culture. If we follow the Hindu calendar, Holi (also spelled Vasant Utsav) is celebrated during the Pratipada period during the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of the Chaitra Month. For example, if the Pratipada falls on two consecutive days, the first day is regarded as the day of Dhulandi (Vasantotsav or Holi). Holi is also celebrated as the beginning of the spring season, with the colors of the festival serving as inspiration for this. It is also referred to as Dhulandi, which is a name that is widely used in the state of Haryana to refer to this celebration. HISTORY It has been documented since antiquity that Holi is a festival. A 16th-century caricature of this festival had been discovered in Hampi, the former capital of the Vijayanagara monarchy. In the same vein, a 300 BC inscription depicting Holi had been discovered at Ramgarh, which is located near the Vindhya mountains.

MYTHS AND LEGENDS RELATED TO HOLI FESTIVAL

Many diverse tales surround the festival of Holi, such as the Hiranyakashipu-Prahlad narrative, the Radha-Krishna mythology, and the storey of Dhundi, the ogress (female monster). According to the Hindu calendar, the year 2022 will occur on the Purnima (full moon day) of the month of Falgun. During the event, it is believed that good has triumphed over evil. With a proper bonfire, it is celebrated the day before Holi. It commemorates the death of Holika, Hiranyakashipu’s sister, who was assassinated on this day in the year 720. When Holika (Hiranyakashipu’s sister) attempted to kill Prahlad, she accidentally set herself on fire. The bonfire represents that fire. Besides commemorating the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha, Rangwali Holi is also celebrated. At one point, Krishna inquired of Yashoda as to why he did not have the same level of piety as Radha. When Yashoda recommended that Krishna dye Radha’s face, Krishna laughed, saying that doing so would darken Radha’s complexion as well. Radha and Gopis were then entertained by Lord Krishna as he played with them using various colors. In celebration of the occasion, the day has become known as The Festival of Colour because of a curse from Lord Shiva, the ogress (female monster) Dhundi was chased away by the inhabitants of Prthu, according to the mythology of her.

CELEBRATIONS

When Lord Shri Krishna and goddess Radha performed their Leela at Braj, this festival is celebrated with much pomp and circumstance (divine play). Braj’s Lathmar Holi is well-known throughout the world. Rangpanchami is celebrated after the fifth day of Holi in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. In comparison to Holi, it is celebrated with even greater zeal. In some regions of Maharashtra, people celebrate Rang Panchami by painting using dried colors. Unification and love are represented by this celebration of colors, which is open to people of all castes, classes, and genders. Have a wonderful Holi celebration!

 

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