Holi – the festival of colours is observed every year on the day of Purnima, the full moon day, in the month of Falgun.
This festival is celebrated on two consecutive days – Chhoti Holi, which is also known as Holika Dahan, followed by Rangwali holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan the next day.
This year Holi falls on March 21.
Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil, and also marks the onset of spring season.
On this day people apply dry colours or gulal on each other’s faces and celebrate with friends and family.
Like most Indian festivals, Holi is inextricably linked to mythical tales featuring warriors, gods, demonesses and asuras.
One of the common mythical tales is “Krishna Playing Holi with the Gopis”
In the legends of Krishna as a youth, he is depicted as playing all sorts of pranks with the gopis, or female cowherds.
One prank was to throw coloured powder all over them.
So on Holi, images of Krishna are often carried through the streets.
Holi is celebrated with great vigour in the villages around Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna.
Holi is also associated with the Divine Dance known as Raaslila staged by Lord Krishna for the benefit of his devout gopis.
Happy and Colourful Holi to all!