Holi is a festival that is usually celebrated right after winters. It is celebrated in the month of March-April. The dates vary every year due to the fact that the Hindu calendar is based on solar cycles.
Holi 2009 - 11th March (Wednesday)
Holi 2010 - 1st March (Monday)
Holi 2011 - 20th March (Sunday)
Holi 2012 - 8th March (Thursday)
Holi is the festival of freedom from social norms. Colors and 'gulal' are showered on the people dressed up in white clothes and the whole community seems to merge into one big fraternity under the guise of colors, without any distinction of caste, creed, color or sex. Children with 'pichkaris' (big syringes to squirt colored water) and faces smeared with color look adorable. People exchange good wishes, sweets and gifts. Holi parties are organized in the grounds where people dance to the rhythmic beats of the drums and sing Holi songs.
Natural Colors of Holi
The soothing green color is found in abundance in nature. It represents compassion, purity and harmony. It increases our sensitivity and has a calming and healing effect, in its natural and herbal form.
Magenta is the color of change, of letting go. It asks us to break old attitudes and habits not good for us, to steer clear of obsessions and to forget what has passed away. Blue enforces peace and faith. It is the color of new beginnings and creative expression.
Red is the color of festivity, vibrancy, energy and love. It is also one of the most common colors used in Holi. Prepare healthy red powder and color at home using these simple tips:
Saffron and orange colors are often associated with festivity, happiness, joyousness and optimism. These colors are also long associated with Hinduism. We bring you the tips to prepare the beautiful saffrons and oranges at home:
Yellow denotes energy, intellect and awakening of new blooms in the spring season. The sunny yellow gulal looks beautiful on black and blue faces and presents quite a contrast to the multi-hued faces.