Rituals Of Holi

    Rituals Of Holi

In different regions of India, even though Holi celebrations are celebrated in different ways, but the purpose and spirit are the same - devotion, belief and faith in truth and entertainment.

 Rituals Of Holi
  Rituals Of Holi                                    Photo Credit: NDTV

In the morning of Holi, there is a ritual of worship ceremony. In the morning of Holi people play with colours enthusiastically. People celebrate Holi in water and bright colours. Some people celebrate Holi using balloons and spray on Holi occasion. On Holi, people make delicious dishes from which Gujia and Pua are significant dishes. People sing and dance. Processions can be seen in many places. On the occasion of Holi, a unique Matka Festival is organised in Vrindavan of Mathura.

In this ceremony, the first Braj region had special significance. At the service, a clay pot filled with milk and butter is tied up, and the boys of the society try to break it, some of which fail. 

This festival, is known as the festival of colours, is traditionally celebrated for two days. On the first day, Holika is burnt, which is also known as Holika Dahan. On the second day, which is called Dhurdi, Dhulendi, Dhurkhel or Dhulivandan, people throw colours on each other, Abir-Gulul etc., songs of Holi are sung by beating a drum. It is believed that on the Holi Festival, people forget their old bitterness and get the hug and they become friends again. The trend of colouring each other plays till noon.

After resting, after bathing, after wearing new clothes, people meet each other in the evening, get hugs and feed sweets. On this day, many types of dishes are made in which Gujia, Malpua, Dahibada are specially made. On the first day of the Holi, people start preparations for various rituals. An essential part of Holi is to keep the woods at the crossroads, preparing to make delicious dishes. On the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan's ritual is followed.

Holika Dahan:

Holika combustion took place on the eve of Holi. The bonfire is gathered. All these preparations start from the very first day of Holi. A day before the festival is called Holika Dahan. Holi is lit on this day on intersections and where the wood is collected for fire. The woods and the weeds are prominent in this. There is also a tradition of burning bharbholia in many places at Holika. There are such plaques made of cow dung in which there is a hole in the middle.
There are seven bharbholia in one garland. Before firing a fire in Holika, this garland is rotated seven times above the heads of the brothers. At the time of Holika burning at night, this garland is consumed with Holika. This means that the evil eye on the brothers with Holi can also be burnt. Poojan starts from the afternoon of this Holi made of wood and weeds. Homemade dishes are being used here. Holi is burnt on the Muhurat extracted by astrologers in the evening.

 There are many countries where there is either a festival similar to Holi or a tradition of playing with colour or plain water on any other occasion.

Holi abroad:

Not only in India but other countries of the world there are traditions of celebrating Holi. On the occasion of Holi in Nepal, a week before Holi, Kathmandu is informed about the arrival of Holi by placing a bamboo column in the ancient court and Narayanhitti Darbar. Holi is celebrated according to Indian tradition in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. Whereas the migrant Indians are settled, there is a tradition of Holi.

Holi festival is celebrated with great fanfare and fun in the Caribbean countries. Holi is known as Fagua, and people praise it traditionally. In the last 19th and 20th century, Indian people went to the Caribbean countries to do wages. Meanwhile, a large number of Indians went to countries like 'Guyana' and 'Surinam' and 'Trinidad'. His festivals and rituals along with the Indians also reached these countries. Gradually, Phagua became one of the most important festivals of Guyana and Suriname. The percentage of Hindus in the total population of this country is about 33. The girls and boys here can be seen with great warmth while playing with colorful powder and water. Special arrangements are made on this occasion in the villages of Guyana.

Many Hindu organizations and cultural organizations are active in Caribbean countries. These organizations celebrate Holi through different dance, music, and cultural programmes. Holi has been organized in foreign universities too.

Types of Holi in India:

Lathmaar Holi is celebrated in 'Barsana' on the 'Navami' of the 'Shukla paksha' of the 'Falgun Mass'. On this day, to play Holi the 'Gwal balls' of 'Nand village' goes to rani's village 'Barsana'. To see this Holi, people come from large numbers in the country and from abroad. Fifty-four kilometres away from Mathura, on the path of 'Kosi Shergarh,' there's a village named 'Fallen' where there is a unique type of playing Holi.

A saint of the village only by wearing a cannula on his body jumps over the Holika fire who's radius must be approx 20-25 feet. By doing so, he fulfils the audience with high energy and memorises them of Prahlad. On Holi, people throw embers at each other in Malwa. They believe that this eliminates the monstrous name of Holika. There is a tradition of Tamasha on the occasion of Holi in Rajasthan. In it, artists come at a stage in the style of a street drama and perform their traditional skill with dance and acting. The theme of the spectacle is satirised on social and political systems through these characters revolving around mythological stories and characters. Bhil Holi of Madhya Pradesh is called Bavaria. Holi is the festival of choice for the Bhil youths to take away their beloved.

Before Holi, on the occasion of the 'Hatta', the Bhils with gulals in their hands perform a mass dance on the beats of the Mandal. While dancing, when the young man puts gulals on the face of a young woman, and she also does the same in exchange, then it is assumed that both are agreed to get married. If the young woman does not respond, the young man gets involved in looking for another girl.

Bihar's Kurta phaad Holi:

Usually, old clothes are worn while playing Holi. While playing Holi in the 'Mithila' region, there is a tradition of tearing one another's kurta in the boys' herd. Holi is concluded on the day of 'Rang Panchami' along with Malwa and Goa's Shingo.

Foreign festivals similar to Holi:

On thirteen April, New Year Songkran starts in Thailand; It is blessed by pouring perfume mixed water to the elderly. In Laos, this festival is celebrated as the joy of the New Year. In Myanmar, it is known as the Water Festival.

In Germany, a statue of grass is burnt on Easter day. Hungarian is similar to Easter Holi. In America, Omena Wonga is celebrated. This unjust king was burnt alive by the people. Now his burning effigy expresses peoples happiness, and they celebrate the day by singing and dancing. In some countries of Africa, the birth of Sun is celebrated on March 6th. People believe that by showing colours to the sun, the age of its rays increases. In Poland, on Arsina, people dye paint and gulal on each other. This colour is very fragrant due to its being made of flowers. People get embraces.

To celebrate the festival of Medford in America, people gather on the banks of the river and attack each other with rounds made of cow dung and mud. Sun worship is performed in the United States on October 31. It is called a hobo. It is celebrated like Holi. On this occasion, people wear Fawad costumes. Young boys and girls put water and perfumes on each other at the Bolia Konan's festival in the Czech and Slovak region.

Holland's Carnival is a festival of fun like Holi. Belgian Holi is like India and people celebrate it as fools day. Here the old shoes have burnt Holi. Radica festival is celebrated in Italy in the month of February for one week. The piles of woods are lit on the intersections. People roam the fire and do fireworks. They also make each other colour with gulal. In Rome, it is called Centenivia and Mapol in Greece. Greece's Love Apple Holly is also famous.

In Spain, Holi is played by killing millions of tons of tomatoes by throwing at each other. Holi festival is celebrated on the 16th of August in Japan by burning an intense fire at several places on Temonji Okuribi festival. The celebration of the Holi style in China is called Veja. People play with fire, and they get mutual hugs in good clothes.

In Siberia, the pattern of Holika combustion is seen from grass pallet and wood. The holy day of St. John in Norway and Sweden is celebrated in the manner of Holi. In the evening, the forest is lit like the Holika combustion on a hill, and people dance around the fire.

Folksongs are singing on Holi in India. North has a favourite folk song in India. There is a description of playing Holi in it. It is sung in many dialects of Hindi, Pahadi, Bihari, Bengali etc. In this, playing Holi of the Goddesses involves the description of people playing Holi in different cities. Goddess deities get details of playing Holi-Krishna, Ram-Sita and Shiva's Holi. Apart from this, different types of Holi descriptions are also found in Holi.

Different rituals of Kanjar samaj:

The residents of Shankarpura Kanjar Basti serve different dishes on the festival for the happiness of the ancestors. On Holi, Deepawali, Rakhi, Dussehra, the people of the colony go to the place of stone symbolising the deceased idol. They spray goals and flowers over the sand and keep jaggery or sweets.
Ghee sugar mixed with ripe rice is placed as an offering by tying Rakhi and seeking for prosperity. On Deepawali, after mixing ghee flour or sugar mixed with ghee flour, the significant rot of wheat flour and granules are made by making its burlap. On the day of Dussehra, the settlers make a dish of their choice. Considering the sacrificial content placed in front of the statue of the deceased, as a female-male prasad of the tribe, they divide it among themselves. The colonists say that this tradition has long been running.

Paanch gautra Paanch sthaan:

In the settlement, there is a family of five tribes namely guddavat, teli jhanjhavat, kamvit, Dhanavat. Their different places are fixed. Where the symbol stone of the statue of the deceased is planted. Below the figure of the deceased, the bones of the deceased are pressed into the ground in the pits. Assuming the stone as an image, the sows it. Thriving people make umbrellas or terraces. The colonists believed that by doing so, the ancestors' soul comes to Earth. For their pleasure, the members use to keep visiting the fixed place.

Holi is a festival of fun, people of different provinces have a different rituals-the aim of custom is to share the love with everyone.

 Happy Holi!

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