Are you excited about the upcoming festival of colors? Yes, I am talking about “Holi” – The amazing festival of joy and colors, where everyone likes to be in the shower of colors and love. India is the only country where people celebrate this festival with the next level of excitement. So if you have chosen India to experience this festival then it’s gonna be an amazing holiday trip for you ever. There is good news for you! You are going to get the best travel deals on flights to India on this occasion. So don’t bother more about the money and look forward to your next trip. But don’t you think that you should know the significance of this festival first? So let us know about “Holi”.
When is Holi?
Begins on 9th March 2020 (Monday)
Ends on 10th March 2020 (Tuesday)
Story behind Holi Celebrations
This festival is celebrated all over India. The festival is a symbol of victory of good over evil as stated in the various religious literatures. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil. It is stated in the various religious literature that it is all about the transformation of negativity to positivity in life.
The story tells that there was a devil named Hiranyakashyap. He has got a boon from lord “Vishnu” that nobody can kill him neither an animal nor a human being. Besides that he also wanted everyone to worship him. But he had a son “Prahlad” who was a worshipper of Lord “Vishnu”. Hiranyakashyap was annoyed because of it. He tried to kill his son for this so many times. But he got failed, according to Hindu mythology god Vishnu saved him all the time. This time the devil asked his devil sister “Holika” to help him. She got ready and made the child sit in her lap in the burning fire. She wore a blanket to save her from the fire, but by the god grace the blanket flew on the child “Prahlad”.
Holika got burnt and god saved the life of a child. That is the reason we celebrate this day as “Holika Dehan”. On the same day, the god “Vishnu” came on earth in the form of half-animal and half-man and killed the devil. This is an interesting story behind the celebration of this festival.
In some places, Holi is celebrated as Rangpanchmi in memory of the divine love of Radha for Krishna.
Famous Places for Holi celebration in India:
Though Holi is celebrated all over India with a full level of joy but still I am sharing some popular places
- Mathura and Vrindavan are famous for their Traditional Holi celebrations. Mathura is about four hours from Delhi, on this place Lord Krishna is believed to have grown up.
- Besides that, Rajasthan is another popular Holi destination for foreign tourists, especially places like Pushkar and Jaipur.
- Bengal is also famous for the grand Holi is celebrations. Foreigners like to celebrate Holi in the presence of the rich Bengal culture and the existence of Shantiniketan.
- Holi in Odisha and West Bengal is devoted to Lord Krishna and goddess Radha especially. The festival is also considered as a symbol of love where people throw colors on each other.
How people celebrate “Holi” in India?
- On this day people burn the effigy of evil Holika. Besides that in the evening of Holi, people lit the large bonfires to mark the occasion.
- People also conduct a special puja (worship ritual), where people sing and dance around the fire.
- The most adventurous and fun part is playing with the colors. People get together, play with colors; put colors on each other as a symbol of love. They sing songs; play songs and dance all over the day.
- They also give sweets to each other on this special occasion.
What should you expect during the celebrations?
- Don’t mind getting dirty if you want to be a part of this wonderful celebration. You will end up with dirty and wet colored cloths because that’s how Holi is played. What you can do is:
- Wear dirty or old clothes
- Do oiling on your hair
- Put a moisturizer on your face
- Be with your friends, group or partner if you have come to India for the first time
- This is the rush time so keep your safety as well
- Also, expect to get colored by the powder and water rubbed and thrown onto your face, and ears.
- Keep your mouth shut as possible
- Try to protect your eyes as much as you can.
So you have gotten enough information about the festival Holi. I am sure that you are excited to get colored in 2020 in India. So plan your journey and get prepared for the next adventure.
When is Holi?
Ans: 9TH AND 10TH March 2020
Which Places famous for the holi celebration in India?
- West Bengal
Is there any deal available flights to India on “Holi Travel”?
Ans: Yes, you will get travel deals on flights to India on the occasion of Holi.
How is Holi celebrated in India?
Ans: People put colors colored powder, or gulal on each other to celebrate the victory of good over evil, fertility, and love.