Holi, known as the ‘festival of colors’ is celebrated to signify victory of good over evil. The defeat of Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu signifies the burning of all that is bad. The death of Holika that is associated with Holi.
But how did colors become part of Holi? This dates back to the period of Lord Krishna (reincarnation of Lord Vishnu . It is believed that Lord Krishna used to celebrate holi with colors and hence popularized the same. He used to play holi with his friends at Vrindavan and Gokul. They used to play pranks all across the village and thus made this a community event. That is why till date Holi celebrations at Vrindavan are unmatched.
The festival is not confined to any age group for old, young and kids everybody turns as naughty as the other on the day. Play with colour continues till every inch of all participants is coloured and the person becomes virtually unrecognizable.
Earlier, Holi colors used to be made from flowers of ‘tesu’ or ‘palash’ tree and known as gulal. The colors used to be very good for skin as no chemicals were used in their preparation.
But amidst of all definitions of festivals, the definition of colors for sure have changed with time. With growing need for colours, today people have started using harsh colors made from chemicals.
We should enjoy this age old festival with the true spirit of festivity.