Every year, the Indian festival Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is lavishly celebrated. Holi 2022 will take place this year on Friday, March 18, 2022. Indians celebrate the festival of colours with great zeal and excitement. Holi signifies the victory of good over evil.
Another reason Holi is one of India's most important festivals is that it represents the beginning of spring and the end of winter. It provides enjoyment and colour into people's lives. For Hindus, this festival is particularly important because it commemorates the devotee Prahlad's devotion and the joy of saving his life from God.
Holi is celebrated in a variety of ways by different people. This festival takes place over two days. The Holi celebration is associated with a number of rituals.
The festival begins on Purnima, or the full moon day, in the evening. For bonfire, people collect wood and other combustible materials. They burn them in the centre or at any open spot by setting a statue of Holika on top. Women perform puja and pray to God to cleanse them of all their sins and sorrows.
The next day, individuals greet each other by painting their faces with various colours like Gulal or Abir. Children enjoy playing water mixed with colours while the elders prefer dry Holi. Water balloons are thrown at each other by teenagers.
On the occasion of Holi, special sweets are prepared. On this day, every family enjoys gujiya, malpua, and a variety of namkeens. Holi is also known for its unique drinks. People wait a year to eat this unique Thandai, which is made with bhang (marijuana).
Holi has been celebrated in India since ancient times. Holi is mentioned in the Puranas and Ratnavali. This celebration encourages love, peace, and harmony. People pay visits to their friends and relatives on this day to wish them Happy Holi. They forgive and forget about their earlier fight. This celebration represents the fact that good will always triumph over evil.