Festivals of colours is here. Yes its time for holi, an event celebrated not only by Indians but by people all over the globe. Holi is a symbol of victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring & end of winter, and for many a festive day to celebrate with friends and family. Lasting for a night and a day, the first evening is celebrated as “choti holi” or mini-holi followed by actual holi celebrations. Being a Hindu festival, Holi has recently gained popularity in North America, Europe and other parts of Asia. Holi has a sacred religious significance associated to it.
As described in chapter 7 of Bhagawata puranas, one of the Hindu’s eight great puranas (historical text), King Hiranyakashipu, received blessings from the lord, making him immune to death. Following this event, the King turned arrogant and demanded everyone to worship him as God. However his son Prahlada was a true devoted of Vishnu(According to Hindu Mythology Vishnu is one of the three Gods responsible for creation, destruction and upkeep of the universe). Despite harsh punishments from the King, Prahlada didn’t stop worshiping Vishnu. One day Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Immunizing herself to any harm, Holika decided to wear a clock as they both sat on the pyre, However due to a strong breeze of air, cloak flew from Holika’s body to Pralada, resulting in Holika’s death. Soon after lord Vishnu appeared from the fire and killed the cruel king, symbolising the victory of good over evil.
In the Braj region of India, where the Hindu deity Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated in memory of divine love of Radha for Krishna. Krishna due to his blue skin colour was reluctant to talk to fair-skinned Radha. However after encouragement from his mother, Krishna finally gathered courage to talk to her and soon after they became a couple. Ever since holi is celebrated in this part of India as a festival of love. Till this very date, the Radha-Krishna love story inspire many carols and songs in Hindu culture.
Holi is a beautiful festival reminding us about love and colours of life. We at Desired Living take this opportunity to wish a very happy and a prosperous Holi. This year, we plan to celebrate this beautiful festival with you. Fill in the colours in your life by choosing from a wide variety of colourful and customizable furnitures. Stay tuned to our website and facebook page for more updates.
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