Holi festival is the festival of colours. The word Holi is taken from the word ‘Hola’ which means offering prayers to the Almighty. And thanking him for the good harvesting of crops in India mostly. Holi festival also give us the teachings that evil always face defeat and good always wins. On the other hand, people who harm others are punished by the Almighty and are destroyed in ashes same as Holika was.
Today all over the island Holi festival is being celebrated – heralding the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. During the day hundreds of people will pour out into the streets for a crazy, joyful battle of rainbow-coloured powders.
The festival is partly a celebration of the legend of Prahlad – a young follower of Vishnu who despite being carried into fire by the demoness Holika managed a miraculous escape – good triumphed over evil. In fact, there are many legends that are directly linked to Holi, and the reasons for celebration have evolved over time. It is thought that the festival may have existed several centuries before Christ, and although it started out bearing Holika’s name, it is now often simply known as ‘The Festival of Colours’.
The day after the full moon, before the festival began, bonfires will have been lit to remember Prahlad’s escape. Then today, an explosion of movement and colour will be painting entire villages, towns, and cities a myriad of intense colours.
Holi Puja or Holika Dahan is the prime ritual of Holi – the festival of colours. It is a celebration of the victory of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. People light bonfires in the evening and offer puja. Holi Pooja is performed in a different manner in some communities.
Holi Puja Vidhi – Holika Pujanholi puja
Holika pujan is a community event. And is organised at various location.
So visit the nearby holika pujan place during auspicious Muhurat and perform holi puja.
As per the rituals, recall Lord Ganesh and pay homage to him, then Goddess Ambika, lord Narasimha and his devotee Prahlada.
Holika is worshipped using fresh harvest, water, Gulal, jiggery and other Puja items.
Offer rice (or fresh grains), chandan, turmeric, flower & beads to Holika.
Then take parikrama around holika and keep pouring water as you move.
Some people also take a little part of Holika fire at home. And they consider it auspicious.
At the end say your prayers and then seek blessings from elders.
Generally the prasad of Holi puja is baked grains (from fresh harvest).
Next day morning you should bring the leftover fire and ash to home. It is believed that this helps
Also, apply a little of this ash on your body.
Significance of different colours for the Holi festival.
Orange is all about enthusiasm and creativity. It is the colour of social communication and optimism.
Yellow is the colour of the mind and the intellect. It radiates the essence of joy.
Green is the colour of balance and growth. It offers calm and harmony.
Blue is the colour of trust and peace.
Pink is for unconditional love and nurturing.
Magenta is a colour of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.
Brown is a serious, down-to-earth colour that relates to security, protection and material wealth.
Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs’ are the ingredients of perfect Holi. Wishing you and your family a very bright,colourful and joyful holi…May your Life fills with colours. HAPPY HOLI PEOPLE….