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Festival of colours Holi is being celebrated across the country which signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.
- The two-day Holi Festival, the festival of colours was being celebrated across the country to celebrate the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.
- President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted the people on the occasion.
About the festival:
- The holy festival is based on the legend of Krishna, who was self-conscious of his blue face due to the poisoned breast milk.
- He thought that his beloved Radha and other girls would not like him. Krishna told his mother Yashoda about the injustice by nature and asked her to paint his face so that colour did not matter.
- Now, Holi is celebrated by lakhs of people across India and its diaspora around the world who throw paints at each other and get themselves covered in different colours of Holi.
- When it is celebrated? The holy festival is observed on the last full moon day of Hindu lunisolar calendar month ‘Phalgun’ – the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar.
- It is a two day festival lasts for a night and a day The first evening is known as ‘Holika Dahan’ or ‘Chhoti Holi’and the following day as Holi.
- Other names: The holi is also known as “festival of spring“, the “festival of colours“, or the “festival of love“.
- Other countries: Apart from India and Nepal, it is also celebrated by the other countries like Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mauritius, and Fiji.
- Reason to celebrate: In 17th century literature, it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests and the fertile land.
- Reason for colours: The colours were placed in this festival in later days to enjoy the spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to the ending winter.
- To many Hindus, Holi festivities mark the beginning of the new year as well as an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid themselves of accumulated emotional impurities from the past.
- Red – Colour of love, passion and fertility.
- Yellow – Signifies happiness, meditation, peace, knowledge and learning.
- Blue – Colour of Lord Krishna’s face, sky and oceans.
- Pink – Signifies caring and compassion
- Green – Colour of nature, symbolises new beginning and spring
- Purple – Symbolises magic and mystery.
- Saffron – Associated with strength, piety, social communication and optimism.
- Brown – Refers to being down to earth, relates to protection, security and material wealth.
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