Mythological Significance of Holi
The festival of colors remains vastly celebrated in India and all over the world. For celebrating the Holi, people consider colors, flowers, sweets, and other different things in which palm milk remains the main ingredient along with colors.
An ancient Hindu festival represents the victory of good over evil. All believe that it brings true colors in their life. They celebrate the festival full of joy with family and friends.
According to the source, the carnivals of love celebrate for two days as Choti or Holika Dahan and Dhulandi. However, the celebration style may vary as per region.
Some regions of India celebrate Choti Holi before celebrating it. It starts with Holika Dahan in which people put up bonfires and enjoy folk music.
In Maharashtra, the Choti Holi celebration is named RangPanchmi and Lathmar Holi in Mathura, UP, Royal Holi in Udaipur, and Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan westbengal. But, the main ethics stays the same for all.
In the beginning, a king named Hiranyakashyap was jealous of his son Prahlad. He wanted to kill his son in spite of performing penance and becoming nearly unstoppable to God Brahma. Prahlad was always saved by Lord Vishnu, even after a cliff threw him off when soldiers attacked him when snakes bit him, and many more methods. As the last try, he ordered his sister Holika to burn Prahlad alive in the burning fire while he sat on Holika’s lap.
At that time, Prahlad began praying to Lord Vishnu as he sat in front of the fire with Holika, and a gust of wind blew Holika’s shawl off her face and onto him. Consequently, Hiranyakashyap’s demon sister was killed, whereas his son was saved. So, it is from Holika that Holi originated.