Guwahati,Prangan Duarah: Springs brings joys and colors to everyone’s life. The green fields with fresh…
Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: Being a diverse country of culture and tradition, India has a good amount of cultural and traditional festivals. Indian festivals are an integral part of Indian culture which has a special social and religious significance. Holi, the festival of color, is celebrated on the first day of spring, called “Phagun Purnima” to welcome the queen of season spring and to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which is origin from the most popular god of Hindu lord Krishna. Generally, it is a two days festival. The first day of Holi is known as Holika-Dahan, which is also known as Chhoti Holi and the second day of Holi is known as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan. But in the Braj region of India, where the Hindu deity Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days in tribute to the divine love of Radha for Krishna. In Barpeta of Assam, a unique five to three days Holi is celebrated which is known as Deul-Mahutshab.
Holi is a festival of peace, unity and brotherhood, a chance to set aside diversity and celebrate. It is free-for-all festival of colors, where participants play, cover each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns, which is commonly known as “phiskari” and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children, and elders. The fun and battle with colors occur in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings.
Gangs of energetic peoples carry “dholak”, a two-headed hand-drum and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. No Indian festival is completed without delicious food. Exchanging of sweets as a Holi food is a very important part of Holi.