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Holi special

Holi is the festival of colors, happiness, anxiety and true spirit. It traditionally marks the beginning of spring in India. Celebrated on the phalgun purnima (no moon day in the month of March), Holi is highly associated with Radha Krishna. It is celebrated on a high note in theplaces, which are traditionally connected to LordKrishna, such as Vrindavan, Mathura, Barsana, Goverdhan and Nandagaon. Barsana is the birth place of Goddess Radha. Apart from the traditions of playing with colored powder and water, Holi is also accompanied by folk songs, dances and stage plays. Holi is also known as Phagwah Festival of Colors, Doajatra or Dol Jatra and Basantotsav at various places in India. - See more at: http://blog.onlineprasad.com/why-do-we-celebrate-holi/#sthash.nptXZnqy.dpuf

Why do we celebrate Holi? According to the Hindu scripts, demon Hiranyakashipu ordered his sister Holika to burn his son Prahlad in fire. Prahlad was a big Vishnu devotee. In spite of various warnings from his dad Hiranyakashipu, Prahlad continued to offer prayers to Vishnu Ji. Holika had a boon of not getting burnt in the fire. Prahlad sat on a pyre in the lap of Holika and fire started. With the grace of Lord Vishnu, Holika burnt to death, while Prahlad survived. Since then, its a tradition to burn Holika every year to celebrate the victory of good over evil in this world. - See more at: http://blog.onlineprasad.com/why-do-we-celebrate-holi/#sthash.nptXZnqy.dpuf

How is Holi associated with Radha-Krishna? The tradition of playing with colors is associated with the legends of Radha-Krishna. According to the legend, Krishna was jealous of Radhas fair complexion. He told about this to his mother Yashoda, she teasingly asked him to color MS.dpuf

Radhas face. While according to another legend, Lord Krishna killed the demonic Putna on this day. And guwalas and gopiyas played Rasleela to celebrate it. Krishna played with colors to celebrate the victory of good over evil on this day. - See more at: http://blog.onlineprasad.com/why-do-we-celebrate-holi/#sthash.vgz6LG

Things to note while playing with Holi colors 1. Create natural colors with flowers and their petals. 2. Colors created with the petals of Butea flowers should be used with turmeric and gram flour. 3. Remove thorns from alovera and mix it with green color for better paste. 4. For burning Holika, make use of combustible wood. 4. Avoid using chemical colors. 5. Make use of Parijaat or Butea flowers to create colors. 6. Play safe and eco-friendly Holi and make use of only simple water. - See more at: http://blog.onlineprasad.com/why-do-we-celebrate-holi/#sthash.vgz6LGMS.dpuf

How to perform Holika Pujan?Along with log of wood, dried leaves, branches of trees and other combustible material, create Holika.Then take flowers, supari, money etc in your hands & offer to Holika along with water.Then offer rice, chandan, turmeric, Rose flower & beads to flowers to it.Then, take 3 rounds or do 3 parikramas of Holika.In the end, distribute the coconut prasad to everyone after showing it to Holika.- See more at: http://blog.onlineprasad.com/why-do-we-celebrate-holi/#sthash.vgz6LGMS.dpuf

In Bengal and Oddisha, Holi is observed as Dol Purnima or Dol Jatra. Its the celebration of colors and sweets in Bengal. Sweets such as kheer sandesh, basanti sandes, saffron milk and payash are prepared on this day in Bengal. And idols of Radha-Krishna are replaced by Lord Jagannaths idol. At Puri, a possession is carried out. Milkmen carry the palanquin of the Lord on their shoulders and then offer colors and sweets to the Lord. In the evening, the idol is bathed and then it returns to the temple. - See more at: http://blog.onlineprasad.com/why-do-we-celebrate-holi/#sthash.vgz6LGMS.dpuf

In Mathura and Vrindavan, special Holi pooja is performed. Traditional customs and rituals are followed to worship Lord Krishna on Holi. Here, the festival of Holi lasts for around 16 days. In Maharashtra, Holi is mainly associated with the burning of Holika and colors celebration.

Holi is a true example of oneness, togetherness and true spirit of festivity among the people of India. Its a celebration of victory of good over evil.

OnlinePrasad wishes you a very Happy Holi and hopes that Radha-Krishna always bestows their blessings on you and your family.

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