Holi for me in my childhood was everything, I used to wait throughout the year for this festival. There were several reasons for my likeness towards the festival but the sole reason was I got access to play with colors and throw colors to anyone I want and they can’t reprimand because it was Holi. But, now it’s all about meeting friends and relatives, cleaning house, making a variety of sweets. But one question always remains a mystery for me, why we celebrate Holi?
If you apply even a little color, without knowing what that color is all about, I don’t think it will give you that happiness that after knowing it.
So what color represents? What is Holi?
So, there's a boy, the little boy referred to as Prahlad, and he's dedicated to Hindu deity (Lord Vishnu). The father (Hiranya Kashyap) does not like that. The father is a king. The father says that “I am a giant king. And rather than respecting me and praying me, you're going to someone else! ” So, father first warns him, “Mend your ways. Take me as your lord, absolutely the one. ”But Prahlad says, “No, on behalf of me it’s Hindu deity.” So, ultimately the daddy gets therefore angry and desperate, he arranges a bed of wood, a sort of a heap for the boy. And he brings his sister by the name Holika. The name of the sister provides the name to the competition. He brings his sister Holika to carry the boy and sit on the hearth. The sister was presupposed to be fire-resistive, blessed with some nice natural armor that might defend her against the hearth. But then magic happens. Who gets burnt? – The incombustible one.
The one who blessed with super armor dies in flames. Prahlad the boy was secure. Later the father was also killed by the Lord himself (Vishnu).
The story represents the cycle of life where Child Prahlad represents the mind eagerness to be settled in truth, Lord Vishnu represents that truth, The father Hiranya Kashyap represents the entire flow of human evolution, the body which gives birth to the Prahlad, Sister Holika represents the society, the sister of the father, and the last but the least miracle represents if we follow the truth, then the truth take care of you, if you truly devoted to true nothing can harm you.
The conclusion of Truth is widely known because of the competition of colors. So, it’s not almost all the gulal and abeer. Just remember what it really stands for.