Set 1: Essay On Holi
Holi is also known as “Dhuli Vandana’ is a colorful festival. Although it is a Hindu festival, people belonging to different communities celebrate it with great joy. Holi is celebrated throughout the country. It takes place in the month of March, after the end of the winter season. It marks the beginning of the spring season.
According to the custom, Holi is celebrated by throwing colorful powder and or colorful water at each other. Bonfires are lit the night before the festival. This bonfire is also known as ‘Holika Dahan’ or ‘Chhoti Holi’. The next day children shout “Holi re”. Anyone who passes through the streets is sprayed with different colors.
In Maharashtra, Holi is mainly related to the burning of Holika. A few days before the festival, firewood and money are collected. The festival of Holi marks all poor and rich as equal because it is enjoyed by all. On the evening of Holi, the firewood is set in a huge heap and the fire is lit. Puranpolis are prepared. People enjoy different sweets and special meals. Banks, offices, schools, and colleges are closed, as that day is usually a public holiday.
Friendship and affection are created on this day as people keep their hate and anger behind them. They come together forgetting their problems and playing with different colors. Thus, Holi is the festival of unity and understanding. However, some notorious people take this day as an occasion to play filthy games. They throw water balloons, especially on young women. Moreover, they use dirty muddy water and strong colors that are dangerous and harmful to one’s skin and eyes. Such people must be caught and strictly punished.
There are several stories related to this festival. However, the importance of Holi is related to the story of Prahlad. Once there was an evil spirit king named Hiranyakashipu. He asked God to gift him three death wishes. They were, he is killed by someone who is neither human nor a beast, in a time which is neither during the day nor the night and in a place which is neither inside nor outside. God agreed and granted these wishes. Hiranyakashipu became immortal. He attacked heaven and troubled other Gods. Soon Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu was born to Hiranyakashipu.
Many times the King tried to kill him but failed. Finally, the King ordered him to sit on the laps of Holika in the fire. Holika was blessed that stopped her from being burnt from fire. Prahlada accepted the orders of his father. He prayed to Lord Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, Holika was burnt to death. Prahlada was unharmed. Since then the burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.
Set 2: Essay On Holi
India is a land of festivals. All our festivals have their origin in some historical or mythological story. They are related either with gods and goddesses or with seasons. Festivals help to keep us cheerful. Holi is one such festival. It falls on the full moon day of the Marathi month of Falgun.
The story behind this festival is – Pralhad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. His father, Hirankashyapu, asked his son to stop worshipping Lord Vishnu. But Pralhad refused to do so and his father got annoyed. He decided to kill his son. He ordered his sister Holika to sit in a burning pyre along with Pralhad. Holika’s body was fireproof but Pralhad also had protection from Lord Vishnu. So nothing happened to him, instead, Holika was burnt into ashes. Holi, therefore, signifies the victory of good over evil.
The festival also has its connection with Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna’s legend of courting Radha and playing pranks on the Gopis are also the essence of Holi. in Maharashtra Holi is celebrated everywhere. Heaps of wood, dung are arranged and bonfires are lit at sunset. Coconuts and sweets are offered to the bonfire and it is worshipped. This festival also marks the beginning of the harvest season. So new ears of corns are roasted on the bonfire fire and distributed as Prasad.
The fifth day after Holi is celebrated as Rang Panchami. Colored powders are mixed with water and this water is thrown on each other or on passers-by. Sometimes balloons, filled with this colored water are thrown at each other. Colored powders are also rubbed on the faces. Everyone looks colored and funny. At night entertainment programs like mimicry, singing, poem elocutions are held.
All these things show that there lies great joy in this festival. But unfortunately, today it is not being celebrated in a civilized manner. One should not celebrate this occasion in a foolish and wild manner. We must devise a better way to enjoy it. It’s a festival of fun and laughter, meeting friends and relatives. It eliminates the feeling of discrimination based on castes and classes, rich and poor.