Holi 2021 will be celebrated on March 29. The lively spring festival exemplifies India’s diversity while perfectly showcasing its unity. Colors and goodies are major unifying factors – Gulal and Gujiya.
Holi, the colorful spring festival, will take place on March 29. People across the nation are all geared up for the celebrations in the upcoming week. The pandemic is a significant setback this year, as there are Covid-related limitations on large gatherings. It’s best to stick to the rules and stay safe. However, Holi can also be a fantastic event for family members at home. Cooking Holi goodies together, playing Holi quizzes and games, and creating a Holi poster or rangoli fest with flowers and colors are some of the fun activities you may consider indulging in. It is not necessary to be part of huge gatherings; consider hosting a virtual Holi party instead.
Holi In Different In Parts Of India
It’s generally known as Holi in northern Indian states, and the festivities last two days: Chhoti Holi and Rangwali (colorful) Holi. People light a bonfire which is referred to as Holika Dahan, to commemorate the evening of Holi’s first day. The event is referred to as Holika Deepak or Chhoti Holi at some places. Holika Dahan begins mostly after sunset; there is a definite time for kindling the fire. People sing and dance around it. The occasion also marks the start of the Rangwali Holi festivities.
Know the legend behind it
There are many Holika Dahan folklores, but the most well-known is that of Prahlada, the son of the demon Hiranyakashipu. Lord Vishnu had a great devotee in Prahlada. He was said to have been born and raised under the guidance of a sage named Narada. Hiranyakashipu was attempting to appease Lord Brahma to achieve eternity during this time. Hiranyakashipu had animosity with Vishnu, and he was enraged that Prahlada was a Vishnu devotee.
Prahlada’s refusal to comply with Hiranyakashipu’s demand to worship him as a lord angered him; the latter, in turn, asked his sister Holika to eliminate Prahlada. Holika devised a scheme to burn Prahlada alive. She expected to take Prahlada along into the fire, which will kill him while she’ll be saved by a protective shawl. However, the opposite happened.
Since Prahlada was a Vishnu’s devout follower, the holy shawl protected him instead of Holika.
When the fire was lit, Prahlada is said to have begun chanting the name of Vishnu. When Vishnu realized his devotee was in grave danger, he commanded the wind, who blew Holika’s shawl away and cloaked Prahlada instead. Prahlada’s life was spared while Holika was burnt to ashes. Prahlada’s tale reveals the triumph of good over evil.
In the eastern part of India, Holi fervor takes a shift, and so do the festivities accompanied by it. While the festival is known as Dol Purnima, Doljatra, or Basant Utsav in West Bengal, Assamese people call it Phakuwa or Doul.
On Holi, Odisha natives worship Lord Jagannath with Lord Balabharda and Goddess Subhadra in place of Radha and Krishna. Now moving towards Uttrakhand’s hill ranges, Kumaoni Holi is celebrated as a grand and colorful musical event where regional Holi songs and folklore are sung to mark the occasion.
On Holi, people in Tamil Nadu celebrate Panguni Uthiram, popularly known as the “festival of love.” Holi is referred to in Konkani as Ukkuli; It is also popular as the spring festival Sigmo.