What is the significance of Holi Festival?

What is the significance of Holi Festival?

  • Being an agricultural country, India‘s two big festivals Holi & Baisakhi come at the time when the harvest is at full bloom, giving people an opportunity to rejoice and relieve their emotional burdens and frustrations. Holi provides a wonderful opportunity to let loose all the tension and de-stress the mind. In a way Holi has positive benefits for the individual and the society as a whole. The dance performances and the music played during the festival rejuvenate the mind and soul.
  • Holi colors have their own values. These are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi (Turmeric), Bilva, Red Sandalwood powder and other medicinal herbs. Traditionally, the dry colors used in Holi were prepared from Tesu or Palash flowers. Legends say Lord Krishna use to play Holi with Tesu flower colors. The color, especially Abeer, penetrates the body and strengthens the ions, improving health and beauty.
  • As per the custom and tradition, people pay visits to their friends and relatives, to give them wishes as well as to strengthen their bonds and forgiving their hard feelings for others. The festival brings the nation together, as it is not just celebrated by Hindus but also by the Sikhs, Christians and Jains. Everyone is then able to cast off the filthy rags, and begin the year with a heart as fresh and spotless as the white clothes worn on New Year’s Day.
  • In India, spring season, during which the weather changes, induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. During the tradition of Holika Dahan, when people perform Parikrima (circumambulation or going around) around the fire, temperature rises to about 145 degrees Fahrenheit; the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it. Since the season is going through a change – from winter to summer, it is the period when people feel lethargic and drowsy. Holi provides them the opportunity to wear off their laziness, by enjoying themselves thoroughly.

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