The story behind this colorful festival is also very interesting. According to Hindu mythology once there was a king named Hiranyakashyap. He was so cruel and bad. He wants the all mankind to worship him. But his biggest disappointment was his son Prahlad. Many times he tried to kill his son for refusing him to accept as god but not succeeded. Then his sister Holika suggested him that she will enter into a burning fire as she had a boon of being immune with fire from Lord Brahma. With the blessing of Lord Vishnu, prahlad was safe and holika burned. It is the Triumph of killing internal evils.
Every year my mumma prepares potato chips, Potato papad and also many other types of papads for holi. Also snacks and the lovely Gujhiyas. In my village the cakes and Burkalas made of cow dunk are gathered at a place with some wood by each family of the village before some days of full moon. Rituals starts by lightening up that bone fire at the full moon day. Next day everyone plays holi with colors. This year Holika dahan was on 20th of March and Color Holi was on 21st of March.
When I was too young I didn’t like to play with colors. I only love to eat sweets. If someone put colors on my face, I used to start fighting with him. When I grown up a bit more than I started playing Holi with full excitement. My father used to bring so many colours, some dry and some water colors with water balloons and a pichkaari for us. Everyone would love to play in their groups. Sometimes people colors you after bathing also.
On the day of Holi, we wake up early in the morning and after being fresh we take some snacks and sweets. I love Dahibada the most. Then we change our clothes. Generally mummy gives the old and ugly clothes to put on for the holi play 😝. After changing we put oil in hairs and ties them up. Then we Put some moisturizer on face and now we are ready to play.
I miss my childhood Holi celebration. I my family, our neighbours and friends, we all used to prepare gujhiyas, play, eat, dance and enjoy together. Throwing water balloons and colors was so exciting that time. We used to play in teams. Target someone and throw him in the water tub. Sometimes roll him over the muddy floor. We used to poke the elder’s group and challenges them for coloring us but when they come near us we locked ourselves inside bathroom. And finally when they found us they poured all our colors on us😂. One more thing we do was taking a potato and cut down that in two pieces, write or draw something on that and pull that shape out then fill some colors on blank area and throw it on others. We can say it potato stamping. Now it is only a formality as we neighbors are separated, friends and siblings are married. Everyone has different style of holi celebration in their in laws house.
Last time I played my style Holi in 2010 at my Nani( maternal Grandma)’ s house with my cousins and Mama, Mami. After that I got busy in further studies and career.
Well, I want to play that kind of Holi like my childhood again. That was the real enjoyment and fun. Beside these rejoice and fun there is a negative side that some people get drunk and lost their senses and start abusing others. Sometime the situation turns too ugly that all enjoyment turns into a disaster. Beside this some people throws colors on animals for their temporary fun. Any festival doesn’t allow To hurt a innocent and poor animal. Don’t destroy the beauty of this colorful festival by doing such mean activities. Never throw colors on someone who has different religion and who is not allowing you to do so. This is the festival of peace and brotherhood so don’t hurt someone’ s emotions. Don’t color someone forcefully.
Festival celebration is a way to give respect, love and care to others, so don’t disrespect someone especially in case of females, don’t touch them badly while putting colors. Never cross your limits. Don’t humiliate them on the name of holi. Respect your religious morals and culture. Be kind and Play safe. I wish you all a Very Happy Holi 😊! May this Holi Will fill your life with full of positivity and happiness.