|Palash(Flame of Forest), symbol of the Spring and Holi|
Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! This 11:00pm. 3rd April, 2013, Thursday in India. Last week, we have enjoyed a lot in the Holi; and as I promised, I’m going to share about the festival – Holi!
|Dry colors (Gulal)|
Holi 2013 falls on March 27 that is the full moon day of the month of Phalgun as per the Hindu calendar. On this day, people greet each other with colors and celebrate the occasion with much gaiety and excitement. This year Holi has no exception, the fun of this festival is growing with every passing year and it was expected to blossom with flying colors. This festival of colors is gaining recognition on the global platform and many countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Utah, South Africa, etc, have been organizing Holi parties on a massive level and Holi 2013 was surely brought all these diverse cultures close to our Indian culture.
|My hubby and me|
Celebration of Holi 2013 was characterized by performing Holi puja as per Hindu tradition. Dhuleti, which falls day after the Holi Puja, is considered to be the actual festival of colors. Children and youngsters played with each other using fast and sticky colors to celebrate Holi. It is all fun and joyous moment for people of all age.
|Radha and Krishna|
There are a number of legends and stories related to this festival. Some people associate it with the Holika Dahan while in other parts; Holi is related to the Radha-Krishna and their playfulness. Then there is another legend which says that Lord Shiva turned Kaamdeva to ashes on this day as he stuck him with the arrow of love to bring him out on eternal meditation, so the festival is celebrated to applause Kaamdeva’s sacrifice.
|Playing with colors|
People wait all year for this festival and throw big bashes and parties, where a lot of people get together and groove to the music beats and get drenched in colors from head to toe. Apart from this modern day Holi celebration, we have places like Mathura, Barsana, Pushkar, etc, where you can still feel the essence of this festival, performed with all the rituals. People from all over the country come down to these places and celebrate this grand festival with an ethnic touch.
That’s all for today, friends! I take very care of your family and children! Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.