Significance of Holi

Like most Hindu festivals, the religious significance of Holi is that it commemorates the victory of good over evil. And there are numerous religious myths associated with Holi. For many, Holi might have narrowed down to playing with colors but in rural India it is still a harvest festival. Holi is celebrated during the spring season, when all the trees and plants are filled with flowers of various hues. There is a sweet smell everywhere. Nature’s beauty is at its best during this period. And these natural Holi colours give new hope and joy to life.

In rural India, especially in Orissa and Bengal, the local deities come to each home during the period. Here they are given sweets and fruits from recent harvest. Holi is celebrated when the granaries are full and our farmers have enough money. They rejoice the fruits of the labor.

Holi is a time to burn the dirt of yesterdays. Farmers do this by burning the agricultural waste. On personal level, one can burn all the ill feelings and start afresh. One can burn all the defeats and frustrations in life and start with new vigor.