'The festival of colors' : Celebrate Holi in an Eco-friendly way

  "Holi is a two day ancient Hindu religious festival. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day is known as Holi, Dhulandi, Dhuleti, Phagwah or Rangwali Holi".

  Holi is an Indian festival having significance of the victory of good over evil, the beginning of spring, the end of winter, a day to forget and forgive, a day to build the broken relationships. It is also known as 'The festival of colors'. It is celebrated on the Poornima (the full moon) which falls in Phalgun, the month of the Hindu Calendar. It generally falls between the end of February and the middle of March.

    There are several significances as to why Holi is celebrated. The most known significance to explain the celebration of colors is the story of Hindu God Vishnu and his devotee Prahlada. According to the epic in the chapter of Bhagvada Purana, King Hiranyakashyap, a king of devils, tried to kill his son, Prahlada, who was a die-heart follower of Lord Krishna. To kill his son he took help of his sister, Holika, who was blessed to be immuned by fire, sat with Prahlada onto the pyre. But she burned and the Prahlada remained untouched by the fire. Thus to celebrate the victory of good over evil, Holika Dahan is celebrated on the first day of Holi.

    The next day of Holi signifies the Love of Lord Krishna and Radha. In his childhood, Krishna was poisoned by succubus Putana with her breast milk, because of which he developed dark colored skin. In his young age, krishna was in despair whether Radha would like him as she was fair and beautiful. So his mother asked him to tell Radha to color his face with any color. Radha did the same and ever since the joyful coloring of Krishna's face is celebrated as Rangwali Holi or Holi.

    People gather together with their family and friends and smudge each other with powdered color or the colored water. They share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Drinking 'Bhang', a type of intoxicating drink prepared feom cannabis flowers and leaves, is common in this featival.

    From past few years, more artificially and chemically prepared colors were utilized which harms the skin and hairs, sometimes even causes the skin infection. Emphasis should be given to use eco-friendly colors which are prepared naturally. Everyone should stop using balloons and plastic bags for throwing colors during holi. Another way to celebrate eco-friendly Holi is by playing dry Holi without using water. As summer days are nearby, this will save water for summer days.

Along with the festival celebration, responsibility is also important for preserving our mother earth.

"Nature has always loved us and now its our turn to love it back, play safe Holi and love nature."

Happyy Holi!!!!!


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