Wishing you all happy holi.
We celebrate each season and each month with some or the other festival. Holi is celebrated across nation with various color to welcome spring. Vaishnav call Holi as “Phool Dol”, “Phagostav”, “Dol Yatra”. Holi is known as “phagostav” as it is celebrated in the month of “phagun” (as per Hindu Calendar). As the name signifies it is the celebration of spring, new season of flowers and new crops. Trees shed their old leafs and wear new leafs. Mother nature teaches us a lesson, “throw your old, stale, pale beliefs to give space to new thoughts and ideas. Throw your past and welcome your present but don’t forget to strongly hold your roots your base, your culture, your tradition and the basic thought you are an human”. Without your roots, culture or tradition you will never stand tall.
There are number of mythological stories attached to Holi. Holi is closely associated with Krishna and Prahlad, devotee of Krishna. Holi is called as “Phool Dol” or “Dol Yatra” as on this day Krishna killed devil named Putna, he was at tender age at that time, it was mark of spring and people were now free from the fear of devil. They enjoyed this day by putting “tilak” (a mark made with red color on forehead) with “gulal” (a red color powder). To express their gratitude towards krishna, they prepared a swing decorated with flowers and all “gopis” enjoyed swinging krishna in that swing and gave krishna bath of “kesu” flowers (orange color huge flower, which will bloom only on the beginning of spring).
Farmers express their gratitude towards nature by offering newly harvested grains in fire. Fire (Aagni) is one of the element which is being worshiped. It is believed that first morsel of new harvested grain should be offered to fire.
Many farmers predict upcoming year with the fire of holi or on the condition of brains buried under the fire of holi.
Yes, traditionally people use to bury an earthen pot filled with coconut and 7 different type of grain under the ground then light holi with wood logs, cow dung cakes and grass. They keep the pot whole night under ground and the next morning when woods would have turned to ashes, they will remove the pot from the ground, check the condition of grains and coconut. Based on the condition upcoming year will be predicted. This coconut and grains will be shared between people residing in the surrounding. Believe me it is very yummy in taste and have a unique smell of wet soil, moist which is being absorbed from earth.
But today we have made this festival a game of colors. People play with harmful colors and spoil their health. Many hardly know that at the beginning of spring one needs to take extra care of skin and health. Wish we can again adopt natural colors for playing holi.