So the color of festival is around the corner. This is the day I wait around the year to celebrate it great passion and love. Yes you guessed it right; being a north Indian boy this is the biggest day of the year. But let me remind you this is not a one day affair, enthusiast like me stretch it week long.
Talking about its genesis, story goes like this: According to mythology “Hiranyakashipu (Asur King) the king of demons pleased Lord Brahma, who duly rewarded him with a boon. For his boon he demanded that he not be killed by a man or an animal, or not be killed during day or night, not be killed inside the home or outside, not by astra or by sastra and neither on earth nor in the sky. This boon made him almost immortal and as a consequence of his arrogance he attacked the Heaven and the Earth. He demanded that people must worship him not God. But his son Prahalad was avid devotee of lord Vishnu. He had put deaf ears to his father and continued worshiping lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu tried many times to kill his son Prahalad for not obeying him but each time he was saved by divine power. Finally he tried killing his son sing his demon sister Holika who had the boon that fire can’t harm her. He ordered Prahalad to sit on a pyre in the lap of Holika, and lit it. When fire started Holika burnt to death and Prahald survived unharmed. The burning of Holika and salvation of Prahalad is celebrated as Holi”.
That the mythological genesis of Holi. But unlike other festival it is the most ‘Secular’ festival of India apart from national festivals. This festival acts as binding force between the communities. Irrespective to caste, religion or class people from all walks of life celebrate it and especially people from north India do it grand and loud. This is the year of environmental awareness. Leonardo diCaprio won the Oscar for Revenant giving us the message, how fragile our environment is. Govt. of Maharashtra has urged people not to waste water this Holi. We hear the news of farmers committing suicide due to drought condition daily. All this made me to pledge that this year my Holi would be dry and organic. Throwing gallons of portable water is not fun anymore. I would play this Holi with harmless colors (Abeer and Gulal).
We all like our festivals to be loud and party hard but to ensure everybody enjoy it I have made a simple list of rules to be followed:
- Those who do not want to celebrate it for whatever reason, please do not impose your ways on others forcefully
- Holi is festival to celebrate not to harass others. Do not impose your ways and harass others particularly women in the name of playing holi.
- Remember that most of the colors present in the market are artificially produced using harmful chemicals. So before using it on others please ensure that the colors you are using are not harmful. Please ensure the same for the colour to be used on you.
- People consume too much alcohol and drugs to get high in the name of celebrating holi. Please refrain from doing so. Always know your limits.
- Do not use Holi as an excuse to settle old scores. Instead use Holi to do away with your difference and come close together.
Always remember know your limits.
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