Happy Holi 2021: Why Do we Celebrate Holi?

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Why Do we Celebrate Holi? “Holi” is called as a festival of colours which celebrated every year on Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmashi. Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world and this year it’s coming on Thursday, March 29th 2021. Peoples wish Happy Holi to their friends and family and pray for happiness and success. 

Holi is the 2nd biggest and famous ever festival in India after “Diwali”. Next day of  होली  also known as Rangwali Holi and Dhulandi. We wish you all a very Happy Holi 2021.

We see lovely colours around us in entire environment on the next day of Holi and now days it’s becoming more popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In most of the Hindu regions Holi festival is celebrated for two days in which The first day is known as Jalanewali Holi, Chhoti Holi, Holika Bonfire and Holika Dahan. While The second day is k nown as Rangwali Holi or Dhulandi and on this day people play with colored powder and water.

Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmashi in India, Nepal and other Asian countries, whereever Hindus are living. 

Happy Holi 2021 is the first biggest festival among the Hindus, this year. Holi is an ancient Hindu festival with its cultural rituals and It is mentioned in the Puranas, Dasakumara Charita, and by the poet Kālidāsa during the 4th century reign of Chandragupta II.

The word “Holi” originates from “Holika”, the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashipu,according to legend, was the King of Multan and had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. He grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him. But the Prahlada, son of King Hiranyakashipu disagreed to him and devoted to Lord Vishnu.

As per wikipedia, This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika – Prahlada’s evil aunt – tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not.

As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada.Holika burned, Prahlada survived. Seeing this, Hiranyakashipu, unable to control his anger, smashed a pillar with his mace.

There was a tumultuous sound, and Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Narasimha and killed Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika.

The next day when the fire cooled down, people applied ash to their foreheads, a practice still observed by some people. Eventually, coloured powder came to be used to celebrate Holi.

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