Holi 2024: 8 Lesser known facts about festival of colors

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 16, 2024 IST

Holi, the vibrant and colorful festival celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal, is a time of joy, love, and renewal.

Holi, the vibrant and colorful festival celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal, is a time of joy, love, and renewal. While many are familiar with its exuberant spirit and traditions, several lesser-known facts about this festival make it even more intriguing. 

Here are eight such facts about Holi:

Historical Significance: Holi's origins can be traced back to various Hindu mythologies and legends. One such legend is the story of Holika and Prahlad, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Another legend is the story of Lord Krishna, who is believed to have popularized the playful aspect of applying colors during Holi with his consort Radha and the Gopis.

Natural Colors: Traditionally, colors used during Holi were made from natural sources such as flowers, turmeric, neem, and other herbal extracts. However, in recent times, chemical-based colors have become more prevalent, raising concerns about environmental and health issues.

Regional Variations: While Holi is celebrated across India, different regions have their unique customs and traditions associated with the festival. For example, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Lathmar Holi in Barsana and Nandgaon involves women playfully hitting men with sticks, symbolizing the playful teasing between Lord Krishna and the Gopis.

Celebrations Beyond India: Holi is not only celebrated in India but also in various parts of the world where there is a significant Indian diaspora. Countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and even some Western countries with Indian communities join in the festivities.

Holika Dahan Ritual: The night before the main day of Holi, a ritual called Holika Dahan is observed, where bonfires are lit to symbolize the victory of good over evil. People gather around these bonfires, sing and dance, and perform religious rituals.

Social Harmony: Holi transcends social barriers and brings people from all walks of life together. During the festival, people forget their differences and come together to celebrate with colors, music, and festive foods.

Thematic Significance: Apart from its cultural and religious significance, Holi also marks the arrival of spring and the end of winter. It is a time for rejuvenation, renewal, and the celebration of life.

Symbolism of Colors: Each color used during Holi carries its significance. For example, red symbolizes love and fertility, blue represents the divine and calmness, green is for new beginnings and harvest, and yellow is associated with knowledge and learning.

These lesser-known facts add depth and richness to the celebration of Holi, making it not just a festival of colors but also a tapestry of culture, history, and tradition.

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