“From the lanes of Mathura and Brindavan, the colors of Holi have spread all over the country. These colors also carry the message of love, brotherhood, and truth. So whenever you splash Holi colors on somebody, you give him a promise of being truthful towards him always, maintain brotherhood with him lifelong and shower him with all the possible love throughout your life.”
The festival of colors is peeping from the behind the calendar and we all are excited for this festival is one of the most awaited festivals of India after Diwali, the festival of lights. So this Holi, let all the colors fly and hit your face. Let the water pipes be directed towards you and let everything in you participate in one of the most happening festivals of India, Holi. Holi is India’s La Tomatino. Or maybe something more than that! Like the tag says, Holi is the festival celebrated with colors and water where the cities look so colorful that you cannot let go of your happiness so easily.
“Bura na maano Holi hai!”
People come to you even if they don’t know you, put a Holy Teeka (sacred bindi) and then apply some color on your cheeks before they start turning around to whoosh colors on you. And before all of this, a warning comes: “Bura na maano Holi hai! (Don’t get offended, it’s just Holi!).” This is all fun to watch and participate if you love colors and crowded celebrations. Holi is celebrated everywhere in India irrespective of the castes and religions. Everybody likes coming out into the streets to greet everyone and apply colors to each other. Everyone starts dancing to the tunes of Rang Barse and Holi Khele Raghuveer from Bollywood movies of the legendary Amitabh Bachchan not even bothering about anything else. This festival excites people of all ages and that is why Holi is one of the most important festivals in India.
“So when is Holi celebrated?”
Holi is usually celebrated as per the star signs and so it doesn’t have a particular date. But Holi comes to cheer us in the month of March or April. So this year, Holi has arrived early and so this March, come visit us in India and celebrate Holi with us. Uh Oh! Last minute plans? Don’t worry! We have the options of last minute flights ready for you so that you come rushing to attend the Holi celebrations in India and celebrate this colorfully beautiful time. You would definitely not want to miss the Holi celebrations in India.
“Now why exactly is Holi celebrated?”
There are many stories related to the celebrations of Holi but I am going to narrate the important one to you. And by ‘important’, I meant that this is what I have heard from many people. So this is the story of Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap, father of Prahlad. So Hiranyakashyap was a king with a lot of self-obsession and ego that he considered himself to be the God. He wanted everyone to agree but then his own son, Prahlad, who was a child, refused to do so. Now that annoyed the king and he ordered his soldiers to kill the boy. Out of many unsuccessful attempts to kill the boy, Holika Dahan was one of them. That is how the word ‘Holi’ emerged. So Holika was the king’s evil sister and possessed a blessing where the fire wouldn’t harm her at all. So she held Prahlad in her lap and stepped onto the pyre of fire. As the fire blazed brighter, it was Holika who died and Prahlad was safe as he kept on chanting the name of God Vishnu. So this is how there was a victory of good over bad. So first there is a mini Holi or Holika Dahan celebrated on the night of Purnima and then the main event starts where people celebrate the victory every year. Holi celebrations in India are the best thing you will ever see if you ever the chance to. That is why Indian Eagle is offering you even business class flights in cheaper airfare so that you book these tickets and come here luxuriously before you set foot in India only to get tired from all the playing and dancing.
“How about a treat to the tongues after getting tired?”
Gujiya, a khoya filled dumpling fried deep in oil is something you get to eat the most during the Holi celebrations in India. They are heavenly. But apart from this, you get to drink a lot of Bhaang which is considered to make you a bit dizzy and high too since it is made from some local herbs found in villages. Many people don’t go for this but then this one there right from lot of decades. The other items include thandai, gol gappe, dal kachori, papri chaat, kachoris, dahi bhalle, chole bhature, kanji vada, an assortment of namkeens and so much more to make this Holi celebration in India, special for you. You can also book some business class flights to reach India if you are tempted to eat them because Holi is the time when you get to book even business class flights at cheaper airfares.
“Those pretty little tips to take care of are…..”
Well, now that you are super excited about the Holi celebrations in India, I would like to tell you some itsy-bitsy tips that will help you stay safe during this festival of colors.
- Make sure to apply some oil to your hands, legs, face and hair before you jump into the pool of colors because you never know which color chooses to stick to your body for a longer time. So oil prevents them from getting settled on your skin and that way you can scrub the colors off easily.
- Try wearing glasses or goggles to keep your eyes safe because colors turn from friends to enemies when it comes to eyes.
- Try eating before you go to celebrate because it is not safe to eat with those hands as color might go inside our mouths.
- Do not try flaunting your phone if it is not waterproof because Holi celebrations in India without water are incomplete.
- Stay away from people who try groping in the name of applying colors. Keep your pepper sprays handy. Who knows, it might be a pepper spray Holi for someone!
So this was all I wanted to tell you all about and I hope you all liked what you read. If you did then come attend the Holi celebrations in India with us and take back a lot of memories with you. Don’t forget to like, comment and share this article if you find it useful. Let this Holi festival 2018 in India be the best one for you. Happy Holi!
Author Bio: Enthusiastic about traveling, books and music, Aara Sharma is a successful travel writer with so many stories in her mind about so many places, to talk about. She loves talking to the unseen, hearing the unheard and loves exploring the unknown. Currently, she is all set to explore the spicy tourism of India that she adores from the core of her heart.