3 Learnings From Holi Festival
As we all know , Holi is a popular Hindu festival that is quite popular in many parts of non-Hindu communities as well around the globe . This festival is celebrated on the arrival of spring and end of winter . Holi is celebrated in the Indian subcontinent . In recent years , It started to celebrate in some parts of Europe and North America as a festival of love and colours . The Holi festival is celebrated in Indian diaspora around the globe .
Holi Festival has different names in Indian States like It is known as Phagwa in Bihar , Dola in Odisha , Basanta Utsav in West Bengal , Kumaoni Holi in Uttarakhand , Phakuwa in Assamese and so on . Speaking of Holi Festival , It is quite popularly celebrated as ‘Lath Mar’ Holi in some parts of Uttar Pradesh . Where women beat men with sticks . People have their own style to celebrate Holi festival . Most of them prefer to visit their families and celebrate it all together . They prepare Dessert and other festival food at their home . The food vary from region to region . People use water colours , water balloons during the celebration of this festival .
People celebrate Holi festival as thanks giving to God for good harvest . There are many Holi songs made and which are played during Holi . People use different system of music and enjoy this festival and play Holi . This trend is quite popular in India these days . There are traditional ways to celebrate Holi festival in different parts of India . You could watch Holi videos on Internet to find the unique ways to celebrate Holi in several parts of India or outside India . We are about to celebrate Holi 2020 and on this occasion I’m going to bring three ultimate learnings , which we could get from this festival of colours , here we go .
Prevailing of Dharma
One of the main reason to celebrate Holi festival is the symbolic victory of good over evil , victory of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu . The story of a devotee of Lord Vishnu Prahlada and his father (the King of demons) Hiranyakashipu . This festival signifies the burning of Prahlada’s evil aunt Holika and survival of Prahlada . So , people celebrate the Holi festival in the form of Holika bonfire .
Now , I want to relate the story with today’s world . Dharma or righteousness could always be found in every work , no matter which sort of work we are engaged in . There are always two sides , right and wrong . By getting moral from the above story keep stick to the righteous way of life , right way of work . We are the one that decide what is right and what is wrong . We get the feelings of right & wrong from our consciousness . Dharma doesn’t limit to only work , It works in our relations as well . How we take our several relationships that what is our ultimate thought process of our life , how we tackle with things .
Therefore , we must re-check our Actions or Karma & try to connect them with the future that if we keep doing such karma for a long time , would it be giving a fruitful result , not only for you but for society as well . If they come out with the benefit of society , benefit from human beings in the long run . Then we are at the right track & helping in prevailing Dharma on the earth . Otherwise , We must keep changing our actions till we correct them to the way of prosperity , progress and goodwill for ones & all . We must retrospect time to time that whether our actions are hurting someone or no . Whether our words are hurting someone sentiments or no . By these motives , always ensure the harmonious behaviour in the society . We must help in to create a system of progress for the world through our actions and behaviour .
Repair Broken Relationship
There is one more reason to celebrate Holi festival . People celebrate this festival to fulfilment of one another thing , which is to spread more love & harmony to your loved ones whether in family , in friend circle or in business community . More of that , people try to repair their broken relationship to their loved ones . I know many people that wait for Holi only to mend their relationship to their loved ones . People spend this day on the principle of ‘forgive & forget’ . People visit each other homes and greet them on the occasion of Holi .
We could take a great learning from Holi festival and keep the habit of forgiving in our general behaviour . Now onwards , Let’s we don’t wait for Holi to repair our broken relationship . We just get it done whenever we feel it . This isn’t an uncommon thing . Everybody heard this many times in their life . But still we get fail when it comes on the implementation of it . There are people that are perfect in order to live their relationships . They hardly get any issue in the relation to anyone , they have such a lifestyle .
But in the same world , there are people that get irritating on small things . They make that small issue very big by thinking it again and again . At last they decide to break the relationship to their loved ones without thinking for a single time but after a while they regret on their past & feel to talk again with that person . Motivation N You says that whenever you get such feeling , just go to that person & say sorry to him . I’m sure the other person is going to forgive & forget you in no time .
Use of Natural Colour
This learning has direct connection with our health . When we say Holi , we get a picture of colours , water guns & others . But , some quality of colour powder (available in Market) is extremely dangerous for our skin , eyes and for other body parts . Every year on Holi festival , there are many incidents / accidents throughout the country , which says that this colour causes so many problems because people get hurt from color powder (Gulal) . The reason is , the colourful powder has chemical mixed with that which causes many skin related problems and if it goes into eyes it could damage your eyes completely . It happens because there is lack of control on colour making companies . Even in most of the areas the colour is being sold without any manufacturing details , without any content and quality check information . The customer also ignores the same while buying .
When we go into past , We get to know that there was a purpose behind use of colourful powder on this occasion . This festival comes in spring season . In this time , weather changes so there are chances of fever & cold . Therefore , there was a system of using some natural herbs like Neem , Kumkum , Haldi and other medical herbs mentioned in Ayurveda . As a result , playful throwing of such herbs powder in the form of Gulal has a medical significance and useful in that environment . Such natural colour powder is still available in market but is very rare & limited . This trend of natural colour must move up so as to protect us from colour having chemicals , which causes dangerous skin and other problems . I guess this is something serious & we must take a learning .
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The story mesmerize me and the most part of it’s is the Prevailing Dharma…
Very Informative article indeed, what mesmerizes me are the different ways in which Holi is celebrated across different regions of India.I have researched and compiled different traditions of Holi celebrations.
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