Holi is one of the most colorful and vibrant festivals celebrated in India. Like many other festivals, Holi has an ancient origin, the tradition of which is being followed since time immemorial. Considering the religious importance of the festival, it is associated with a number of mythological stories. The most popular amongst them is that of Radha and Lord Krishna, wherein, he playfully applied color on Radha's cheek, as she was fairer than him. This gave rise to the festival of Holi and the tradition of playing with colors. The significance of the festival has not diminished since then and even applies to the cultural, social and biological aspects of our lives.
The cultural significance of Holi can be gauged from the fact that its
origin derives reference from various mythological tales. This has led
to a deep faith and respect towards the celebration of the festival, as
Indians strongly believe in religious mythology. The moral behind all
these stories is victory of good over evil, which is a lesson for the
human race. The tales instill the faith of man into the ultimate power
of God and his mercy over his devotees. Holi festival is the medium
through which people are inspired to lead a virtuous life. Moreover, the
festival is organized at the time when the harvest is at full bloom,
giving people an opportunity to rejoice.
The social significance of Holi is seen in the form of the message of
unity and brotherhood, it delivers. As per the custom and tradition,
people pay visits to their friends and relatives, to give them wishes as
well as to strengthen their bonds. The festival brings the nation
together as it is just not celebrated by Hindus but, also by the Sikhs,
Christians, Jains and the like. The festival is unique as it does not
discriminate against any section of the society and treats everyone
equally. The social fabric and secular character of the society is
strengthened, since people work on building cordial relations, forgiving
their hard feelings for others.
Apart from the cultural and social significance of the festival, Holi
considerably affects the biological system of our body. The time, at
which Holi is celebrated, is very crucial with respect to our body.
During the festival, the season is going through a change - from winters
to summers. It is the period when people feel lethargic and drowsy. Holi
provides them the opportunity to wear off their laziness, by enjoying
themselves thoroughly. Given below are some of the positive affects of
Holi on our system.