After an hectic week of activities now we are sitting with the reminiscence of the sweet memories of the activities and events.
Today is “ HOLI” and I thought I should pen down something on HOLI as this does not seem to be a popular festival of we malayalees.
Many of us who had lived in the North would have tales to tell about Holi celebration. I have even seen many of our children in kuwait celebrating Holi in Kuwait..HOLI is called the “festival of love”, the “festival of colours”, and the “festival of spring”. Celebrated to signify Radha and Krishna’s eternal love, it is also a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many, it is a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. We need to live the spirit of this festival and strengthen our bond of friendship and togetherness
Facts about Holi (for all those who feel its just a festival where you smear colours). Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil is destroyed the way Holika, the demon king’s sister Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. The following day is celebrated as Rangwali Holi (Dhuleti) – a free-for-all festival of colours where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other.
Each Indian state signifies Holi from a different mythological angle. The customs and celebrations vary between regions of India. In Kerala, though Holi is not a typical celebration. However, we can join the communities that celebrate the festival and rejoice in all its pomp and splendour (please don’t forget to wear the mask)
Have a great HOLI !!!!