Health Benefits of the Hindu Color Festival Holi
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Health Benefits of the Hindu Color Festival Holi

Commemorating Lord KrishnaÂ’s joyous play in colorful nature is the Hindu festival of Holi. Colors add vitality to a healthy life. They lead vibrant emotions to add health to body, mind and soul. As the season changes from winter to spring, the intensity of disease spread increases significantly. The colorful festival of Holi provides fragrance and nourishment to the neurons and the nervous system.

The great Tamil poet Bharathiyar sang, “O Krishna, I see you in all colors. Your cawing voice into my ears reminds me Krishna in black color. I see you everywhere shining in different colors”. He goes on describing Lord Krishna in various colors. He enjoys depicting cloud-colored Krishna playing mischievous pranks in Brindhavan Garden. He plays with Gopikas, throwing colored powders at one another. Commemoration of Lord Krishna’s joyous play in colorful nature is the Hindu festival of Holi.

Colors add vitality to a healthy life. They lead vibrant emotions to add health to body, mind and soul. As the season changes from winter into spring, the intensity of disease spread increases significantly. The colorful festival of Holi provides fragrance and nourishment to the neurons and the nervous system.

Holi, the festival of colors

The festival of Holi is celebrated by the Hindus in India. On this day of colors, people of all ages have fun in dousing others in dyes and colored water. Friends and relatives gather to exchange regards. They share prayers and special food.

Holi festival is based on the Hindu legend of Lord Krishna, playing with his concerts. There is another legend, associated with killing evil demoness Holika.

The festival of Holi is a welcome to spring

Holi, known as the festival of colors, is the festival welcoming spring. It is celebrated by the Hindus at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which falls in February or March. In South India, it is celebrated as Kamadhahana (burning the lust god Kamadeva). This colorful festival can be associated with harvest festival and other festivals, celebrated throughout the world in this season.

Spring blossoms with a wake up call. It is a call to the world to recharge and freshen life with colorful activities. It marks the end of winter season which causes many diseases.

The Holi festival purifies life

The Holi festival starts with bonfires, lit on the eve, commemorating the burning of demoness Holika. It signifies burning everything harmful to the health of body, mind and soul. This burning ritual is called Bogi in Tamil Nadu, which is celebrated on the eve of the harvest festival Pongal.

Burning the waste materials is nothing but de-cluttering the environment. It eradicates the elements which cause diseases.

The Holi festival calls for a fresh start

Spring is the time to wake up to a life of action.   Nature wakes up in the spring with various colors. The festival of Holi makes people wake up physically with cheerful activities. It wakes up people spiritually, by renewing relationships. It prepares them mentally to build up an active life of harmony.

Colorful Holi is a rainbow festival

Holi, though celebrated by the Hindus, is a universal festival. It insists unity in diversity. It is a rainbow festival, bringing all colors in unison. Crossing all boundaries of human disparities, such as creed, caste and color, Holi provides an opportunity for harmonious life. Holi marks the end of the gloomy winter which causes illness. Holi rejoices in the bloom of the cheerful spring.

Holi is a festival of color. It is a therapy of color. It brings health to individuals as well as societies. Celebrate Holi. Celebrate humanity.

 

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Comments (15)

A very interesting presentation on the Holi Festival.

Colors do add a lot to life and affect even our moods.

Great information!

Ranked #15 in Wellness

Sounds like a fun festival!

Dear All... To Know more about this festival.... You can read my article .... under the sub-heading - India.

Hello Paul. I am not writing anything more for Factoidz as 95 of my reviews are re-published here under another name and no one is prepared to remove them. One tip is to email them to yourself before publishing. This proves you wrote them and gives a date. Another thing is only write for sites that let you delete your work yourself - or buy the rights to it. Good luck. Sorry to put this message here, but I am unable to send messages to other authors - for some reason.

What a really great article.

Ranked #2 in Wellness

Impressive! I know some festivals in India, like khumb mela and others and this is the first time I learned about Holi, thanks Paulose.

one of the best color festivals in the world

Ranked #18 in Wellness

Thanks for sharing the health benefits of Holi.

A brilliant insight into Hindu culture.

A lovely description of the festival. I am sending out on Twitter today.

thanks sir, great article.

What a wonderful and fun way to ring in Spring..voted

I would like to add here - in Madhya Pradesh - people also celebrate Rang Panchmi - panchmi - the 5th day after Purnima. This is also same as Holi but there is a procession with colored water filled tanks with high pressure jet, dousing everyone in the street. Nice article...voted.

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