Festival of colours adds ‘colour’ to life
HOLI-the festival of colours was celebrated across the globe especially our country with lots of fun and frolic. Rang Barse as the name says it all, Holi the festival for colours, sweets, thandai , dahi vadas, Gujiyas and numerous other delicacies just to satisfy your taste buds along with your friends.
Celebrated on 6th March this year on the full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna during spring, Holi is the most famous festival of the Hindus. This brings in lots of fun, food, play,music, dance and not to mention the colours itself bring in the spirits to live happily with brightness and glory.
The day before Holi starts the celebrations with a Holika bonfire on the night where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is carnival day of colours, where people play and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the streets, parks, outside temples and buildings. Some people even carry drums and musical instruments, go place-to-place, sing and dance.
Holi also signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive the old woes and have a happy new beginning. It also marks the celebration of rich harvest and fertility.
In many places across the country it has become a practice of ‘Matka ceremony where in a pot of buttermilk is hung high on the streets and young boys try to reach it while forming a human pyramids. In the meantime, the girls try to stop them by throwing coloured water on them to commemorate the pranks of Krishna and cowherd boys to steal butter and “gopis” while trying to stop the girls. There is great rejoice after the team among the many is able to break the matka.
In Odisha, holi is known as ‘Dol Poornima’ or ‘Dol Jatra’. The idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha are taken in well-decorated palanquin, which is taken around the streets, houses across the city. Lord Jagannath is also worshipped and games like ‘Dandi Khela’ are played to mark the occasion. Inside the Jannath temple premises at Puri, ‘Jhoolan Mandap’ is erected to have the idols of the deity and the swings are touched by the worshippers for the Lords to enjoy the play. The following day ‘abheer’ is applied on the idols before people start playing the colours.
Bhang seems to be one of the ingredients in Thandai or Ladoo. After playing Holi people take these Thandai’s, Ladoos, Gujiyas, mathris, puran poli etc relishing these delicacies while dancing and playing around.