The Holi Festival in India is one of the most evocative and colorful celebrations in the whole country. The festival of colors is a hymn to joy!
Never before has Holi been a symbol of spiritual rebirth both on a personal and global level. In fact, Holi is celebrated at the beginning of the spring to welcome the new season and at the same time for kick off a new phase in your life. According to the Hindu religion, to make this change possible it is necessary cast out demons.
It is a very important event that takes place every year in the whole of India, it is there celebration of the inner rebirth of man. It's a Ode to joy where you abandon all pain and suffering to let yourself go e embrace life in all its wonderful fullness. It is one of the most popular holidays colorful and lively of India where each of the participants it frees itself from any constraint, in fact, the euphoria that is released from the celebrations softens and dissolves blocks and conditioning of the soul. Following the rhythm of the music, colored powders mixed with water are thrown on the people who celebrate by rejoicing in song and dance in the streets.
What are the origins of this festival?
This ancient festival begins with the rite of "burn", a big bonfire is lit on the day of first full moon of March. The rite of burning symbolizes the annihilation of all forms of evil, in fact the term Holi derives from the name "Holika", a female demon of the ancient Hindu tradition and which recalls an archaic Hindu ceremony, in which the defeat of evil by good was celebrated, the end of the winter season and the entrance of the Earth in the fruitful period of spring. Furthermore, it is said that Krishna, one of the emanations of the Hindu deity, enjoyed teasing the young girls by throwing a mixture of water and colors at them. This is how over time this tradition has been transformed into a religious ceremony.
When it takes place?
The Holi festival lasts two days, one night and all the following day. As in the case of the Christian Easter, it never takes place on a specific date because the party begins with the night of the first full moon in March according to the rules of the Hindu calendar. This year the celebration of the Holi Festival falls between the 28th and 29th of March.
The party begins the evening before the full moon, with a big bonfire in which each person symbolically deposits all the pains, all the sorrows and all the torment that weighs on his soul.
The next day, when the full moon occurs, people flock to the street to experience the joyful ritual of colors.
The ashes of the bonfire are considered good luck, in fact people they bring home the still burning embers to be used to light the fire in their homes, taking care to keep the remains of the ashes that will protect them from inconvenience and problems for the rest of the year.
Colors and their meaning
In the festival of Holi the colors must be as different as possible from each other because they represent the different shades of life and different emotions that can be experienced. Indeed the use of colors plays a very specific role in expressing one's own mood or ask for a improvement of one's person.