All About Holi 2021
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When is Holi in 2021?
Know all about Holika Dahan and Choti Holi dates. But what is the Holi festival all about?
Holi festival or the festival of colors is one of the cultural Indian festivals where people throw colors at each other and enjoy having delicious gujiyas together. Holi festival is considered the most vibrant Hindu festival which marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of the spring.
The Holi festival is an occasion of two days, which mostly falls in the month of March. With the new season, the Holi festival also marks new beginnings. But do you know why is the festival of colour celebrated? Or the real mythological significance behind the Holi festival? Want suggestions on how to spend your Holi 2021?
What is the story of the Holi Festival?
There are different legends or stories behind the commence of the Holi festival.
In the story of Holika Dahan, it is said that once there was a very powerful king named Hiranyakashipu, who was the king of Asuras. He considered himself to be the greatest of all and wanted people to worship him as their deity. However, his own son Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Angry Hiranyakashipu tried killing is own son for not worshipping him but nothing worked. The infuriated Asura then asked Holika, his sister for help. Holika possessed the power of being immune to fire. She tricked Prahlada into sitting on a pyre with her. But suddenly, her power was ineffective and she burned into ashes because of her evil intentions. On the other hand, Prahlada became immune to fire and was saved. Later, Lord Vishu appeared in the avatar of Lord Narsimha- half-man, a half lion and killed Asura Hiranyakashipu. This is the reason why the first day of the Holi festival is called Holika Dahan, the end of evil.
According to the other legend of Lord Krishna, as a baby, Lord Krishna acquired blue skin-color after drinking the poisoned breast milk of Putana. After years when Krishna grew up, he would often feel sad about his dark colour. He worried wheather Radha and the fair-coloured girls in the village would like him or not. Krishna’’s mother asked Krishna to go and dye Radha’s skin with any colour he wanted, making them a true couple. Since then, people started playing with color on this day taking it up as a tradition. The Holi festival in Uttar Pradesh is celebrated until the day of Rangpanchami in memory of Radha Krishna. This Holi 2021, share this story with your friends, family and kids.
How is Holi Celebrated In India?
This festival of color involves a lot of rituals. The preparation of the Holi festival starts the night before Holi. People recreate a Holika pyre (as in the legends) with wood and other things required for the bonfire. People gather around the pyre to perform rituals and prayers before setting it on fire. The burning pyre symbolizes good over evil. The first day of the Holi festival is Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi.
The second day of the Holi festival or Badi Holi is when people play with colors, they party, and enjoy to the fullest. Everyone plays with gulal or abir. Children use water balloons and pichkaris to throw colored water on each other. Interestingly the second day of the Holi festival is called with different names in different states.
Holi festival in West Bengal & Assam is called Basanta Utsav or spring festival.
Holi festival in Mathura has its own Lathmar Holi where women beat up women with sticks and chant the name of Krishna.
Holi festival in Maharastra has its “Matki Phod” tradition where men climb on each other forming a pyramid breaking the pot of butter which is hung up.
Holi festival in Vrindavan is the time when the widows fill their lives and themselves with colors and happiness. Wondering how will Holi 2021 be celebrated? Well, in this pandemic, Holi 2021 will be celebrated with extreme safety precautions.
What do people eat at Holi?
Gujiya, a special household sweet is made on this day of Holi. It is usually a dumpling made of a daily product called khoya and a lot of dry fruits. A traditional drink for adults that has been popular in India on Holi is Thandai. A variety of namkeen is enjoyed by people at the Holi festival. Even if you plan not to play Holi this year, you can still cook these delicious cuisines at home for your family in Holi 2021.
Best places to experience Holi 2021
The best places to experience the Holi in India are the areas associated with Lord Krishna like Braj, Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana, and many more. Uttar Pradesh experiences the best celebration of the Holi festival. In Holi 2021, people can visit these places with proper precautions.
When is Holi 2021?
Holi 2021 date and timing:
- Holi 2021 is on Monday, March 29
- Holika Dahan is on Sunday, March 28
- Holi 2021 Purnima tithi begins at 3:27 AM on March 28, ends at 12:17 AM on March 29
How to celebrate Holi 2021?
Even though the vaccine for the noble Covid-19 is here but skipping the festival of color for a year will not be a bad idea. If you are too keen to enjoy the day then follow the safety mandatory precautions below before you indulge yourself in the Holi 202l:
- Avoid playing Holi with anyone who has any signs of cold, or fever
- Play only with family members or a small group of friends
- Avoid applying or getting applied colors near eyes, mouth, and nose
- Avoid pool parties and large gathering
- Play only with dry color
- Frequently sanitize and wash your hands
- Choose an open ground
- Wash your face & hands thoroughly with antiseptic soap