Holi is one of the most important festivals of India. Apart from being the festival of color and joy, it binds the nation together. It is one of the ancient festivals celebrated in the country and therefore has many rituals linked with it. As a part of these rituals, gifts are exchanged between people. This enhances the importance of gifts on Holi. These rituals also play an important role in restoring cordial relations with your near and dear ones. There are different rituals associated with different people, depending on the kind of relation you share with them.
Exchange of Sweets
Sweets are the essence of any festival, without which it seems
incomplete. In India, sweets have a special importance, as they are
considered auspicious and a way of celebrating happiness. As a result,
sweet shops are seen crowded with people buying sweets for their
relatives and friends. Shop keepers prepare traditional sweets with
attractive packaging, to lure the customers. On the eve of Holi, people
pay visits to their associates, relatives and exchange sweets and
homemade delicacies, to strengthen their bond and to wish them happiness
and prosperity. This is one of the most popular Holi rituals amongst
Clothes for Married Daughters
Another important ritual associated with Holi is gifting new clothes to
the newly married daughters. In some of the states, the girl is given
one traditional sari called Dandia and another sari that is teamed with
all the accessories. Dandia is actually a white sari, of voile or
'mulmul'. Its borders on all four sides are dyed with non fast colors
called Indian Pink such that two to three inches of sari catches color.
This gives it a gradual fading effect. On drying, it is further
accessorized with beautiful designs. Further, a gold and silver border
is edged on the sari which is known as 'Gota'. The pallu (the area of
the sari which covers head), is decorated with 'kiran' or a fine fringe
of gold or silver. As per the rituals, it is a must for the newly wed
bride to wear this splendid sari.
Gifts for Son-in-Law
In some parts of India, sons-in-law are also given gifts on the
occasion of Holi. After a Holi meal, it is customary to present him with
money, according to your own wish. However, daughters-in-law are gifted
travel money by their mother-in-laws or the eldest lady of the family.