Why Has Holi Become Such a Significant Festival?
The festival of Holi has deep spiritual, religious and social significance to our lives and that is a reason why this festival should be enjoyed to the fullest. The night before Holi, i.e. Holika Dahan 2017 should not just be about burning a pyre but to understand this significance so that the celebrations on the following day will have more purpose and meaning. Before understanding the connotations of Holi we need to know the right Holi 2017 date and time:
Holika Dahan 2017 Date: 12th March
Holika Dahan 2017 time
· Start — 18:43 (6:23 pm)
· End — 20.23: (8:23 pm)
· Duration — 1 hr 39 minutes
Now let’s understand the Significance of Holi
Mythological Significance of Holi
The festival of Holi is probably one which is associated with many legends and gets us closer to religion and mythology. First and foremost there is the story of King Hiranyakshyap, his sister Hiranyakshyap, and his son Prahlad. This story portrays the victory of good over evil. Hiranyakshyap and Hiranyakshyap are symbolic of ego, overconfidence, evil, false beliefs and arrogance, and Prahlad signifies faith, humility and love. It teaches us that regardless of time and power, evil will one day perish in front of faith, and that true devotion in God pays off in time.
The demon Pootana who tried to kill infant Krishna was also killed on this day, another example of good triumphing over evil. The folklore of Radha Krishna teaches us how men and women can enjoy this day together in a respectful manner.
Another story of Lord Shiva burning Lord Kamadeva to ashes is also popular. This story teaches us that we must rise above worldly temptations and find peace within. Another lesson it teaches us is that like Kamadeva who risked His life to unite Shiva and Parvati, we too must make sacrifices for the well being of others.
Cultural Significance of Holi
By believing in the mythological significance, people try to inculcate goodness in them. They try to instill good moral values in their children as well. The cultural significance of Holi in 2017 is immense as more and more people are resort to unscrupulous ways of making money or gaining power. Holi teaches them that although evil practices may have short term benefits, but in the end it’s the truth that prevails.
The harvest season also lifts the spirits of the people and brings them together. This season gives the people a good reason to celebrate, and soak in the spirit of Holi.
Social Significance of Holi
Holi is celebrated by everyone regardless of religion, region, and caste. Thus it helps bring together the society and strengthens the bond between people. It is also a tradition to forget animosity on this day and smear each other with colors and hug out the differences. The rich play with the poor, Muslims play with Hindus, the young play with the aged and everybody completely immerse themselves in the Holi spirit. Of late the spirit of Holi has also transcended borders with different nations celebrating the festival of love. Old relations are mended and new ones formed when people visit each other and exchange sweets and pleasantries.
Biological Significance of Holi
Not many people know about the biological significance of Holi and it has to do with the timing of the festival. The month of March is always the time to laze off after the active winters. People have a tendency to feel sleepy during daytime. Holi is celebrated with loud music, singing and dancing. People are energetic for the entire day (two days, if you count Holika Dahan preparations). The natural colors used in Holi (usually extracted from plants and mixed with sandalwood) have a good effect on the skin. The heat from the Holika is also thought to stop the growth of bacteria in the surroundings and within the body. The vibrant colors on this day also heal the body and mind as a part of color therapy.