HOLIHOLIFestivalFestivalof colorsof colorsSubmitted by,Submitted by,Ponmathi.MPonmathi.MBatch M2Batch M2FIAT TrivandrumFIAT TrivandrumSubmitted to,Submitted to,Mrs. Leena NairMrs. Leena NairPd facultyPd faculty
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IntroductionIntroductionHoli is the most widely celebratedHoli is the most widely celebratedevent in India. It has become aevent in India. It has become arepresentation of Indian culture inrepresentation of Indian culture inall over the world. It is a symbol ofall over the world. It is a symbol ofspring and also acts as anspring and also acts as anequalizer between differentequalizer between differentsocioeconomic communities. Holisocioeconomic communities. Holieliminates differences and bringseliminates differences and bringspeople closer to each other.people closer to each other.
History of HoliHistory of HoliIt’s believed that there used to be anIt’s believed that there used to be anevil ruler called Hirnakashyip. Heevil ruler called Hirnakashyip. Heordered to punish everyone whoordered to punish everyone whoworshiped Lord Vishnu. To hisworshiped Lord Vishnu. To hisutter surprise his own son Bhaktautter surprise his own son BhaktaPrahlad went against him and keptPrahlad went against him and keptpraying Lord Vishnu. So he becomepraying Lord Vishnu. So he becomeangry and ordered his son to beangry and ordered his son to bekilled. But all their attempts werekilled. But all their attempts werefailed as Lord Vishnu saved him.failed as Lord Vishnu saved him.
Then he sought his sisterThen he sought his sisterHolika’s help who had theHolika’s help who had theunique ability to walk safelyunique ability to walk safelythrough fire. She planned athrough fire. She planned atrap and took Prahlad into thetrap and took Prahlad into thecentre of fire, in order to finishcentre of fire, in order to finishhim. But Lord Vishnuhim. But Lord Vishnuintervened again, and insteadintervened again, and insteadof Prahlad, Holika was burntof Prahlad, Holika was burntalive. Holi is thus named afteralive. Holi is thus named afterher. It’s a celebration of victoryher. It’s a celebration of victoryof good over evil.of good over evil.
The CelebrationThe CelebrationHoli celebration starts with theHoli celebration starts with theburning of Holika in the eve ofburning of Holika in the eve ofHoli thus culminates with theHoli thus culminates with thelot of fun filled activities. Itlot of fun filled activities. Ittakes place with lot of joy andtakes place with lot of joy andverve throughout the country.verve throughout the country.To enhance the festive spirit,To enhance the festive spirit,we have the tradition of bhang.we have the tradition of bhang.Then people dance to theThen people dance to therhythm of dholak and singrhythm of dholak and singtraditional folk songs intraditional folk songs inloudest possible pitch. Childrenloudest possible pitch. Childrenparticularly enjoy the festival.particularly enjoy the festival.
as they throw water balloons atas they throw water balloons atpasserby and if anybody stares,passerby and if anybody stares,they have ready answer “bura nathey have ready answer “bura namano Holi hai…”and evoke amano Holi hai…”and evoke asmile on the irritated face. Besidessmile on the irritated face. Besidesthey have their water missilesthey have their water missilescalled “pichkaris” to drench thecalled “pichkaris” to drench theperson from far and escape fromperson from far and escape fromfurther drenching. Gujiya,further drenching. Gujiya,malpuas, dahi badas etc andmalpuas, dahi badas etc andglasses full of thandai are alsoglasses full of thandai are alsoserved during the festival. Peopleserved during the festival. Peopleorganize Holi meet and enjoy theorganize Holi meet and enjoy thefestival till late in the night.festival till late in the night.
6 places to celebrate Holi in6 places to celebrate Holi inIndiaIndia Mathura and vrindavan forMathura and vrindavan fortraditional Holi.traditional Holi. Delhi for modern Holi.Delhi for modern Holi. Shantiniketan, west Bengal forShantiniketan, west Bengal forcultural Holi.cultural Holi. Purulia, west Bengal for folk Holi.Purulia, west Bengal for folk Holi. Jaipur for Holi and elephants.Jaipur for Holi and elephants. Banswara for tribal Holi.Banswara for tribal Holi.In the south the festival is quit solemnIn the south the festival is quit solemnand subdued.and subdued.
ConclusionConclusionHoli is one of the major festivals of India. It may beHoli is one of the major festivals of India. It may becelebrated with various names and people might becelebrated with various names and people might befollowing different tradition but the spirit of it remainsfollowing different tradition but the spirit of it remainsthe same throughout the country and even across thethe same throughout the country and even across theglobe wherever it is celebrated.globe wherever it is celebrated.