Holi is the festival which arrives adding a little warmth into the air. It is not just the season which is changing, but also the mood of the people. The festival signifies the spirit of brotherhood and unity. It is often said that on the event of this festival even enemies forget their differences and embrace, greeting each other. Holi festival is celebrated by the people of all caste, class or creed, without any distinction. It treats everyone equally, wherein all the people drenched in different colors, lose their identity to become one. In the following lines, we tell you how people go about celebrating Holi festival in India.
Holi washes away all the hard feelings you have accumulated for anyone.
The colors applied on others bring you closer to them, forgetting all
the anguish of the past. After applying colors, people hug and greet
each other. This tradition is called as 'Holi Milan'. Usually after a
fun filled and action packed day, people dressed in new clothes pay
visit to their friends and relatives with sweets. This helps in renewing
and strengthening their bonds. As per the custom, a plate decorated with
tilak (vermillion) and sweets is kept ready for the guests.
People apply tilak, exchange sweets and hug each, while giving Holi
wishes. Being in the company of near and dear ones, helps you to
reenergize. Those staying away from their families use mediums like
cards and telephones to greet each other. Special invitations are
extended to new bride, which helps her to feel comfortable and mingle
with the members of her new family. Special meal is prepared on the
occasion to treat her well and to bless the newly wed couple.
'Holi Milan Samaroh' or 'Holi Greeting Meets' are a special feature of
the festival and are organized by various clubs and social
organizations. This helps in strengthening the social fabric of the
society, as people sit with each other and enjoy cultural programs like
songs, dance, competitions and feasts. Hasya Kavi Sammelan (Comic Poetic
gatherings) is also organized on Holi. Poets recite comic prose and
poetry for the entertainment of the audience, which adds up to the
fervor of the festival.