Significance of Holi

Each year we celebrate this festival of colors with so much joy and energy, but do we know the significance of celebrating Holi?

The festival of colour, Holi, spans over two days and marks the beginning of spring. On the first day, known as the day of “Holika Dahan”, a fire is lit marking the victory of truth over evil and. The second day is known as “Phag”, when the festival is celebrated with vibrant colors and water. The festival bridges the gap between people of different communities and age groups with people hugging and smearing each other’s face with colours. The festival is welcomed by everyone in great spirits with a lot of singing, dancing and delicious food involved. Holi is celebrated with much joy in North India and the celebrations of Mathura are particularly renowned attracting enthusiastic people from far off places.

The illustration above has also beautifully shown the Prem Mandir in Vrindavan, Mathura, in the background. This temple symbolizes the love shared between Lord Krishna and Radha and is therefore widely known as “The Temple of Love”.  This love story plays a key role in how we celebrate Holi today, keep following are posts to learn How!

What are some traditions your family has adopted to celebrate Holi?