Significance of HoliMythological SignificanceForemost is the legend of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap. The legend says there once lived a devil andpowerful king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself a god and wanted everybody to worship him. To hisgreat ire, his son, Prahlad began to worship, Lord Vishnu. To get rid of his son, Hiranyakshyap asked hissister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap, as she had a boon to enter fire unscathed. Legendhas it that Prahlad was saved for his extreme devotion for the lord while Holika paid a price for her sinisterdesire. The tradition of burning Holika or the Holika dahan comes mainly from this legend.Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna tookin applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of theHoli festivities.Mythology also states that Holi is the celebration of death of Ogress Pootana who tried to kill infant,Krishna by feeding poisonous milk to it.Another legend of Holi which is extremely popular in Southern India is that of Lord Shiva andKaamadeva. According to the legend, people in south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of PassionKaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world.Also, popular is the legend of Ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Raghu andwas ultimately chased away by the pranks of the children on the day of Holi. Showing their belief in thelegend, children till date play pranks and hurl abuses at the time of Holika Dahan.
Cultural Significance Celebration of the various legends associated with Holi reassure the people of the power of the truth as the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad also points to the fact that extreme devotion to god pays as god always takes his true devotee in his shelter Social Significance Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. For, the festival is celebrated by non-Hindus also as everybody like to be a part of such a colouful and joyous festival. Also, the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrate the festival together with a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood.Biological SignificanceIt is interesting to note that the festival of Holi is significant for our lives and body in many other ways thanproviding joy and fun.We also need to thank our forefathers who started the trend of celebrating Holi at such a scientifically accuratetime. And, also for incorporating so much fun in the festival.As Holi comes at a time of the year when people have a tendency to feel sleepy and lazy. This is natural for thebody to experiences some tardiness due to the change from the cold to the heat in the atmosphere. Tocounteract this tardiness of the body, people sing loudly or even speak loudly. Their movements are brisk andtheir music is loud. All of this helps to rejuvenate the system of the human body.
Tips for skin and hair care on Holi from CHIEFS WORLDThreat to your skinThe substitute synthetic colours on the market comprise toxic components such aslead oxide, engine oil, diesel, chromium iodine and copper sulphate which lead torashes on the skin, allergies, pigmentation, frizzy hair and eye irritation. In extremecases it can turn into blindness or cause a serious skin disease.Precaution“Wearing full length clothes is the best way to dodge colours. But make sure youapply copious amount of almond oil, olive oil, cold cream or moisturiser on allexposed body parts,” says Dr. Seema Malik, laser expert at the Eleganza RejuvenationClinic, Delhi. She also stresses on how important it is to stay hydrated by having agood liquid diet before playing holi to avoid any skin related disorder. “Apart frommoisturizers, you can apply a generous amount of tea tree oil, for it has healingproperties. It works best for the skin and prevents chemical accumulation,” saysSimmi Ghai, makeup expert, Xpressions.
Threat to your hairHoli colours, both dry and liquid, strips your hair of their natural sheen, their lustrous quality, and makesthem dry and frizzy. This can cause permanent damage to your scalp ending up in serious hair loss.Precaution“Hair care is a must before and after playing with colours. Hair tends to get brittle, damaged and awfully dryif not oiled or washed properly as the chemical residues gradually settle down on your scalp,” she explains.She further adds, “Oiling your hair is the key before playing holi. Nothing works better than a head massagewith warm olive oil. Caster oil and coconut oil are good alternatives too. By adding a few drops of lemonjuice you can avoid any infection triggered by the chemical colours.” According to Simmi, a mixture of jojobaand rosemary oil makes the right base oil for your hair. “It effectively prevents the harmful colours fromsettling down,” says she.Here are a few quick hair care tips from Dr. Seema after playing holi...- Rinse off your hair with mild shampoo immediately.- Hair conditioning is must after shampoo.- Apply a pack of olive oil and honey to after shampooing.- You can even go for a scalp and anti-dandruff hair toner.- If rash or allergy persists, take any anti-histamine tablet.
Threat to your nailsNails get brittle and dry after playing with colours. They develop jagged edges and often ittakes months to get rid of the stubborn colours that settle around the corners. Manycomplain of nail polish removers not having an effect on such occasions.Precaution“You can protect your nails by applying a coat of nail booster, now easily available acrosscosmetic shops and big departmental stores. Using nail polish is also a good idea. Thepurpose is to shield them from the toxic colours that tend to stick on,” suggests Dr. Seema.A word of caution from her: “Never ever wash off skin with soap after playing holi becauseit can further damage your skin or leave bruises. Use cold water to remove colours, as hotwater takes longer to wash off. Try adapting more traditional methods such as a paste madefrom besan, turmeric powder and milk or sandalwood powder with milk and lime juice onyour skin before taking a bath. Chemicals will harm your skin if you let them remain for aprolonged period. So, bathe and shampoo as quickly as you can to minimise the impact onyour body. And make sure to dab some body lotion after bathing.”
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