Celebrating holi varies with different people in different Traditions they range from traditional temple rituals to modern parties with DJs, bhang and plenty of colors Holi is celebrated in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu calender which the date lying on the Phalgun Purnima is considered the day for Holi, In 2016, the festival falls on March 17.
History of Holi:
According to Hindu mythology is that of the death of Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashipu – the King of Demons. the legend, Hiranyakashipu was granted a unique boon by Brahma after a long penance. The boon made the King of Demons invincible, specifying that he cannot be killed during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or in the sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra nor by shastra. The king soon compelled people of his kingdom to worship him alone. It was his own son Prahlada- a devotee of Lord Vishnu- who rebelled against him. eeing this, the arrogant king ordered his own son to be killed. Despite Hiranyakashipu’s endless threats and warnings, Prahlada continued to offer his prayers to Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu tried to kill Prahlada many times – poisoned his food, made elephants walk over him but nothing could harm the little boy. The king then went a step ahead and locked his son in a room full of poisonous snakes. But yet again, he failed in his attempt. When all his efforts failed, Hiranyakashipu ordered Prahlada to sit on a pyre with his sister Holika, who was gifted with a boon that prevented her from getting burnt The death of Holika symbolises the end of evil. And hence, people across the nation celebrate Holi with utmost fervour, by using myriad colours, to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Different cultures of Holi Celebrations:
North Indians Celebrate holi with great zeal Legends say that Lord Krishna spent most of his childhood in Mathura and Vrindavana and he was the one to introduce the modern form of Holi in this part of the country. That is why Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm at these places for about a week. In North India, the Holi of Mathura and Vrindavana are specially known for its immense enthusiasm.
1.Uttar Pradesh – Barsana Holi with Sticks named Lathmar Holi
2.West Bengal – Shantiniketan, named as cultural Holi and.Purulia named as Folk Holi
3.Punjab – Anandpur Sahib named Warrior Holi
4.Orissa – . Worship the Idol of Jaganatha
5.Maharastra – Culture of Holi in Maharastra named as Shimgo.
Holi starts at midnight with a bonfire of Holika and the celebrations come to climax in the morning when colors and music fill the entire atmosphere with zeal of joy and celebrations.