Another day, another year, another Holi is here‐ the festival of colors. In India, it is one of the most celebrated festivals. People laugh, dance, enjoy, put colors on each other, and how can one forget the sweets. It is said that Holi is the festival of forgiveness- like those colors paint our bodies, forgiveness paints our soul. Holi is often symbolized as the fresh beginning. Holi means the victory of good over evil, reunions of the loved ones, the arrival of spring (my favorite season), and colors for sure.
Now, colors have a different story. A few of the most used colors are- red, yellow, green, blue, pink, etc. In India, red is the symbol of love and matrimony, and that’s why Indian brides wear red-colored saree at their wedding. Yellow is synonymous with turmeric, a powerful ayurvedic ingredient with many healing properties. Blue is considered the color of Lord Krishna, a Hindu God. Green symbolizes harvest, fertility and is also the sacred color of Islam. Pink is a symbol of purity in Hinduism.
The festival of colors has few lessons brandished in it. If you can’t see, then wear your spectacles and then see (joking). Okay! A bad joke.
Following are a few lessons from Holi- The Festival of Colors.
The colorful faces
In our day-to-day lives, we constantly keep on judging: he is ugly, her teeth are yellow, he looks like a chimp, she is no less than a hippo… We judge people by their faces, caste, community, city, etc. Holi, on the other hand, sees only one thing: Colour. The only judgment of Holi is that you should be colorful. This festival doesn’t see if you are as good-looking as Hritik Roshan or your face looks like me; Holi has only one face- The colorful face. Holi sees your soul. A soul that should be full of colors.
If only we start living our lives like every day is a Holi celebration, our lives would also become as colorful as Holi.
You must be aware of the famous story of Bhakt Prahlad, which is related to Holi. Let me just retell it. So, there was a king named Hiranyakashyapu who hated Lord Vishnu. But his own son: Prahlad was the biggest devotee of Vishnu. Now, Hiranaykashyapu hated his son for this. He tried many ways to convince him to stop worshipping Vishnu.
At last, when he failed in convincing Prahlad, he decided to kill him. Now, killing him was also not that easy. So, Hiranyakashyapu asked her sister Holika (who had a fireproof shawl) to sit inside the fire with Prahlad in her lap. She did so, but on the contrary, Holika was the one who was burnt in the fire, whereas Prahlad remained safe, and the fire couldn’t even touch him. Holika is related to the negativity, we should burn, and Prahlad is the positivity we should preserve in our lives.
Holi is also a celebration for the spring season’s beginning: the season of flowers and colors. You must have noticed; how beautiful change spring brings! After the fall, the trees shed all the leaves and flowers and become completely dry. Nature becomes pale and dull as if someone has squeezed the life out of it. But, soon after Holi, after the spring arrives, nature starts blooming. As this festival fills the environment with multiple colors of Gulal, Spring fills the environment with the multiple colors of nature. Here is the lesson. We often go through a dull and dry phase in our lives, just like the fall. But, we should always remember that Holi is coming, Spring is coming, and then all the dull and dries would turn colorful. Happiness and positivity will bloom out of the miseries.
The festival holds many charms in it. It’s all about your perspective: the way of looking at things. We wish you a happy, safe, and sound Holi. May this Holi brings the colors of spring to your life and your relationships.
HAPPY HOLI FROM THE TEAM EXPORDS!