Sharing Colors, Sharing Happiness

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Featured – Children-The Power of Raw Emotion

It was taken on Holi festival. Children were enjoying moments of share and love. It inspired me to give this title – Sharing Colors, Sharing Happiness

Happy Holi

What is Holi?

The most anticipated festivals on the Hindu calendar is Holi. Also, known as Festival of Colors, Holi is celebrated by all the sections of the Indian society and crosses the barriers of religion and caste. Holi, the festival of colors, is a spring celebration and the exuberant ritual of putting color on each other. Holi promotes social harmony between the various classes of society. It is the day when all classes of people mix up and celebrate this festival displaying unity. The celebrations of holi festival breaks down all man-made obstacles and brings people together.

होली (Sanskrit), Holi, or Holli, also called the Festival of Colors, is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and others. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and countries with large Indic diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, UK, USA, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal of India it is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsav (“spring festival”). The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected to the god Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi, which lasts here to up to sixteen days.

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit,also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in South India.

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. Source: Wikipedia

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