Holi, the festival of colors, is one of the most joyous festivals of India and is celebrated across the country in the month of Phalgun (February-March) also called Phagwah. The occasion marks the ushering in of spring season in India and is also a celebration of the harvest season.
The word “Holi” originated from “Holika” sister of Hiranyakashipu. The festival of Holi is celebrated because of a story in the old Hindu religion. In Vaishnavism, Hiranyakashipu is the great king of demons, and he had been granted a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible for him to be killed. The boon was due to his long penance, after which he had demanded that he not be killed “during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or in the sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra nor by shastra”. Consequently, he grew arrogant and attacked the Heavens and the Earth. He demanded that people stop worshiping gods and start praising respectfully to him.
Celebrating Holi with my friends was awesome. We hit each other with so many colors that we couldn’t tell which color we started off with. We also use eggs and tomatoes in order to make the experience more memorable.
Driving around the streets on a bike shouting “Happy Holi” is a thrill unto its own. As you are driving random people stop you and add their own colors to you. And likewise we do the same.
That day my friends and I also had a party to attend. So unfortunately we couldn’t celebrate Holi for as long as we had hoped to. However, by the end of our celebrations, every single person was a different color and we had trouble washing the colors off even after taking a shower. So, we ended up going to the party with a colorful tint to our skin.