Rang barse this Holi
Celebrate a riot of color at this festival of all occasions.
It heralds the advent of spring, when chilly winter days make way for the freshness of spring, the season of joy and renewal. Every year it’s celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March (March 17 this year) as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It also marks the spring harvest as the new crop is reaped and stored for the hot months to come. No surprise that Holi is also referred to Vasant Mahotsava. But what makes this festival so loved is no matter where you live, the spirit of Holi remains the same. The markets are awash with color as shops display little multicolored hills of gulal and pichkaris in all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile households get busy preparing thandai, gujiya, mathri, papri and other delicacies that are an intrinsic part of Holi celebrations.
Legend has it that Demon King Hiranyakashyap demanded that everybody in his kingdom worship only him but his pious son, Prahlad, continued to pray to Lord Vishnu. An enraged Hiranyakashyap ordered his sister Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad on her lap, believing that while Holika (who had been granted a boon that fire would not harm her) would survive, Prahlad would be burned alive. According to the story Prahlad survived unscathed while Holika was burnt to ashes. Her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. Since then it’s customary for people to light a bonfire on the eve of Holi to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Legend aside it’s hard to resist the colorful cheer that Holi leaves in its wake. The beat of the dholaks, clouds of colored gulal, cries of ‘Holi hai’ and of course thandai make Holi one of the most loved Indian festivals.
Holi has been immortalized in countless films but we loved the spunky sequence in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Holi with Ranbir and Deepika, can it get any better?
The iconic track Rang Barse sung by none other than Amitabh Bachchan professing his love for Rekha while married to Jaya Bhaduri remains the most oft played track at Holi parties
A show of hands at Holi festivities in Ahmedabad
Hillocks of color for sale
Holi celebrations in Kolkata
Fun, frolic and colorful revelry
Army jawans stationed in Kashmir celebrate Holi