“Holi“, the ‘Festival of Colors‘ called is celebrated with great enthusiasm on the full moon day of the month of March usually.
SIGNIFICANCE OF HOLI
Holi is a Spring festival celebrated on the full moon day of the third Hindu luni-solar calendar month marking the peak and end of spring, and beginning of summers in most parts of the world.
The festival signifies the victory of goodness, faith and devotion to God over the dark and evil energies.
The festival of Holi is celebrated in two parts. On the full moon night it is celebrated as Holika Dahan followed by Holi of Colors the next day.
The celebration of Holika Dahan is also carried in the remembrance of the Holika, the victory of good over evil.
Holika is symbolic of dark energies from the famous epic narration of Prahlad (an adrent devotee of Lord Vishnu) and his aunt, Holika who tries to burn him alive but with the graces of Lord Vishu, Prahlad is saved and Holika succumbs to the flames of the fire.
So love, devotion and surrender of Prahlad are win over the ego, jealousy and evil of Holika.
FESTIVITY OF COLORS
Holi is a time for fun, frolic and colors. It is called ‘Festival of Colors‘ because at this time of the year, nature is in it’s full bloom and there are colorful sights all around in this season. Mother Earth is laden with flowers of various colors and this colorful time is cherished with fun and cheer as the Festival of Colors.
Symbolic to the legend, Holi is celebrated as a festival of triumph of good over evil in the honour of Lord Vishnu and his devotee Prahlada.
Holi is a day to honour Lord Vishnu, the Preserver and offer love and gratitude for protection given by him to all his devotees.
From the legend arose the tradition of lighting a fire on the eve of Holi (Holika Dahan) to destory and burn away all evil in the Holika Pyre. People pray that their internal evils are destroyed in the fire much like how Holika was. They sing and rejoice as they dance around the bonfire to express the joy of victory of devotion and light.
The next day, Holi is celebrated with decorating houses and places with flowers and colors. People shower each other with the colorful flowers and special natural colors to express their love and joy to wish a beautiful and joyous time of the others.
At Divine Bliss International, with the divine graces of Sarva Loka Maa Her Holiness 1008 Guruji Poonamji we light decorate the Ashram space the love of nature’s colors and light candles in devotion to honour Lord Vishnu for his benign blessings on all of us.