Marks the commencement of spring season in north India & summer in western India.
Happens in Phagun Purnima. Celebrated for two days (Holi Dhahan & Dhuleti)
People light bonfire, circle, pray around it. They also sing & dance. Post this, they greet each other with gulal.
As per mythology, Prahalad, son of demon king Hiranyakashyap was made to sit in the lap of his sister Holika because he was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu which the king did not like. Holika was immune to fire. Holika sat on pyre with Prahalad, however, it was Holika who got burnt. This signified good over evil always wins.
People play with colors, water guns (Pichkari) & water balloons. They also do rain dance.
Popular saying - "Bura na mano, holi hey"
People drink Thandai with Bhang in it. Bhang laddoos & Bhang pakoras too are famous.
Popular food - Gujiya, Ras malai, Puran Puri, Moong dal ki kachori.
Holi existed several centuries ahead of Christ.
Lord Krishna was upset with nature's injustice that he was dark while Radha was fair. Hence to pacify him, his mother Yashoda asked him to apply color onto Radha and make her similar to him & just the popularization of Holi began with this.
Season transition causes rise of bacteria in body, hence by going around the bonfire, the heat kills bacteria.
The ash after bonfire mixed with sandalwood is applied on forehead, is known to promote health.
The tardiness & laziness of winter goes off after listening to dhol, dancing & playing with color just rejuvenating the body.
Colors are vital for body & lack of it causes ailment. Hence applying natural colors has healing effect on body.
Post color holi, apply oil & then go for bath.
If color is not removed, apply besan with milk on body.
Use normal water & avoid hot water. Hot water sticks color to your body.
Stay away from sun light till the color is removed.
If eye itches, contact doctor immediately.