Holi is an important spring festival for Hindus, a national holiday in India and Nepal with regional holidays in other countries. To many Hindus and some non-Hindus, it is a playful cultural event and an excuse to throw coloured water at friends or strangers in jest. It is also observed broadly in the Indian subcontinent. Holi is celebrated at the end of winter, on the last full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month marking the spring, making the date vary with the lunar cycle. The date falls typically in March, but sometimes late February of the Gregorian calendar.
Holi snacks and drinks, post play with colours. Left: salty snacks, Middle: Gujia (a stuffed energy wrap), Right: Thandai (almonds-based chilled drink) to which sometimes intoxicating “bhang” is added.
The festival has many purposes; most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of Spring. In 17th century literature, it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. To many Hindus, Holi festivities mark the beginning of the new year as well as an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid themselves of accumulated emotional impurities from the past.
It also has a religious purpose, symbolically signified by the legend of Holika. The night before Holi, bonfires are lit in a ceremony known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Little Holi. People gather near fires, sing and dance. The next day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, or Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated.
In Northern parts of India, Children and youth spray coloured powder solutions (gulal) at each other, laugh and celebrate, while adults smear dry coloured powder (abir) on each other’s faces. Visitors to homes are first teased with colours, then served with Holi delicacies (such as puranpoli, dahi-bada and gujia), desserts and drinks.After playing with colours, and cleaning up, people bathe, put on clean clothes, and visit friends and family.
Like Holika Dahan, Kama Dahanam is celebrated in some parts of India. The festival of colours in these parts is called Rangapanchami, and occurs on the fifth day after Poornima (full moon).
Here is the list of Holi messages, images, quotes to share with family and loved ones:
Every day needs to be colorful, but seldom it is. So, stock up for a whole year! Happy Holi!
May your life be filled with happiness and may you be successful in whatever you do. Wishing you a very happy Holi!
Hope the canvas of your life is painted with beautiful colours. Happy Holi to you and your family!
Rango ke tyohar mein sabhi rango ki ho bharmaar
Dher saari khushiyon se bhara ho aapka sansaar
Yahi dua hai hamaari har baar
Holi umang bhari ho mere yaar
May God gift you all the colours of life, colours of joy, colours of happiness, colours of friendship, colours of love and all other colours you want to paint your life in. Happy Holi.
Pyar ke rang se bharo pichkari
Sneh ke rang se rang do duniya sari
Ye rang na jaane koi jaat na koi Boli
Aapko advance me Happy Holi!