Festival of colours, Holi is celebrated with great fanfare in the Gujarat state of India. Falling on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna, Holi is a major Hindu festival and marks the agricultural season of the Rabi crop.
Festival of Holi is celebrated with much gaiety and fanfare in the Gujarat state of India. The festival is marked by sprinkling of colored water and applying gulal on each other. Bonfire is also lit in the main squares of the villages, localities and colonies. People collect at the time of bonfire and celebrate the event, which is symbolic of the victory of good over evil by singing and dancing.
There are many stories associated with the origin of Holi. For some Holi marks the day when devotees of lord Vishnu, Bhakt Prahlad who was seated on the lap of demoness Holika was saved from the effect of the fire by God and instead the demoness got burnt. For others the festivals relate to the death of demon Putana at the hands of lord Krishna while some associate the festival with the worship of Karma, God of pleasure and destiny.
Holi is basically a harvest celebration, marking the end of winter and bonfires are lit marking the ending of evil. Dhuleti, which is celebrated on the next day, involves fasting, feasting and throwing of colour and water on each other.
Holi is celebrated in great style and enthusiasm in Gujarat by all. It also one of the most important festivals for the tribals of Gujarat. The fun and excitement of the ‘festival of colors’ is grandly celebrated all over India. Do not miss to attend Holi in Rajasthan and Holi in Barsana for other exhilarating experiences.