Essay on Holi

 

Holi is one of the most colourful and ancient festivals of India. It is a very important day for the Hindus. It is mostly celebrated on the month of February or March. The arrival of Holi means saying goodbye to the winters. It is also celebrated to cherish the death of evil princess Holika and signifies good over evil.

On this day, people come together and put colours on each other. They sing, dance, eat and enjoy the festival. It is considered as a national holiday in India.

 

Why is Holi Celebrated ?

 

There are various religious beliefs among Hindus regarding the celebration of Holi. One of the most popular ones is the death of Holika. She was the sister of the evil king Hiranyakashyap.

According to Hindu mythology, the brother of Hiranyakashyap was killed by Lord Vishnu. So, the evil king wanted to take revenge from Lord Vishnu. But he was a mere king and Vishnu was God. It was not possible for him to fight the God.

As a result, he prayed for many years to grant him power. Seeing his faith, patience and perseverance, the Gods granted him the boon.

Hiranyakashyap was on top of the world as his wishes were granted! He asked everyone to worship him and to hate Lord Vishnu. He began his cruelty upon his citizens. But to his utter surprise, his own son Prahlad worshipped Lord Vishnu instead of him. He became furious on hearing this and asked Prahlad to hate Vishnu.

But his son stood rigid upon his decision and kept praying to Vishnu. The evil king became furious and thought of killing his own son. He asked his sister Holika to kill Prahlad. Holika was born with a power. She could walk into fire and come out alive without any burns. So the evil King asked his sister to sit on a heap of fire with Prahlad on her lap.

During this whole time Prahlad kept on praying to Lord Vishnu. It was very surprising when Holika got burnt instead of Prahlad. Later Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashyap as well.

Holi is celebrated mainly to celebrate the death of Holika. This is why, on the night before Holi people put up bonfires to remember this whole incident. It is also known as Holika Dahan.

Another significance of Holi is that it was celebrated by Lord Krishna in Vrindavan. He along with his friends used to put colours on everyone on this day. This is how the concept of using colours on holi came to being.

 

How is Holi Celebrated?

 

People are seen with different varieties of colours on Holi.They put colours on each other, sing, dance and make merry. They worship Lord Krishna and put colours on his idol.

Families gather together and party whole day. They distribute sweets and enjoy to the fullest. The children wait for this event the entire year. This is because they get to play the entire day.

Thus, Holi is considered to be a festival of joy. People eagerly wait for this every year.