The vibrant festival of colors – Holi is back this month (12th and 13th March 2017). This festival is celebrated in all of India, heralding the arrival of spring and giving adieu to winter. Spring season symbolizes a new beginning, fresh and optimistic start to life.
The colorful festival of Holi has a mythological significance attached to it.
DAY 1 Sunday (12th March 2017):
On the eve of Holi, people light bonfire to mark the occasion of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Prahlad, a young follower of Lord Vishnu was forcefully taken into the burning fire but escaped the fire which proved to be a miracle. This was thus regarded as the triumph over evil.
DAY 2 Monday (13th March 2017):
The next morning, people celebrate the victory with vibrant colors, singing, dancing, eating delicacies and celebrate the joyous moment of life by socializing with everyone. People dance to the beats of drums, sing, play games, drink bhaang and enjoy the festival in full energy and spirit.
The royal courts of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan play this festival in their unique style by throwing colors with tourists and visitors from all around the world. The entire region is painted in colors as no one minds getting colorful on this day as people shout – Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!