Holi In The Land Of COLORS
|   Mar 17, 2016
Holi In The Land Of COLORS

Rang barse bhige chunar wali rang barse…………

Holi is a spring festival of colors. This festival is celebrated on Phalguna Purnima(Full Moon).Are you all ready to play Holi which is knocking your door to convert your day to a childhood day with rainbow colors .Get ready soon for coming week (on 24th March 2016) to play Holi with your family, friends.I am basically from Rajasthan, the state of Colors, Culture, Festivals, Bright Ghaghara, Mehendi, Camel, Folk Dance and Delicious Foods, Pickles and many more. So let’s color the day in different dyes and know interesting rituals of Marwari’s those they follow on Holi.

  • In Marwari, Holi is being celebrated for two days i.e. Choti Holi /Holika Dahan (this year on 23rd March 2016), Play of Colors/Rang khel (this year on 24th March 2016).
  • But preparation takes place around 10-15 days prior to Holi. At home females prepare flowers from cow dung (known as BADKULA) to make garland for the puja. When cow dung flowers become dry, small and big garlands are being prepared. Children collect wood for lightening of bonfire.
  • On the day of Holika Dahan, priest follows Hindu calendar and tells timing to make huge heap/pillar of wood and dried leaves. Males from the village gather and set pillar of wood for worship in some open and public place.
  • Morning at prescribed time by priest, females along with kids go for Holi Worship (“Holi ki dhok/Thandi Holi” in Marwari).Females dress up themselves in different beautiful attires, and wear red, orange or yellow duppta (“Odhana” in Marwari).
  • For worship they carry Badkula garland, small weapon made with wood and dyed with red color (Geru).They put garland in pillar of wood and after worship all weapon they get back to home.
  • Till worship females don’t eat anything. After worship at home varieties of food (Mainly Poori, Aloo ki Subzi, Kheer, Churma, Dahi vada, Malpua) are prepared.
  • Evening or night time lightening of bonfire (Holika Dehan) performed by males but kids, females also join them. After small ritual this celebration is being started.
  • Males carry coconut, raw/dry turmeric pieces, wheat stem and they offer all these to pillar of wood and do worship. After that priest lights the bonfire.
  • At that place only people start playing color powder(Gulal).They arrange Thandai (is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar.) and different snacks also.
  •  They roast papad in that fire and enjoy by having that.
  • Left over ashes are collected by people on following morning and smeared in center of forehead (as Tilak).
  • Next day morning paying with different colors starts.

      So please don’t seat quietly at home this Holi. Do celebration in your society with dhol (Drum set), song, dance, sweets, thandai, and water filled balloons. Dye your life with different shades of rainbow. Get a beautiful smile on your face, say loudly “Bura naa mano holi hai” and drench your near and dear with ecofriendly colors.

Cow Dung Garland

Heap of Wood

Holika Dahan

Happy Holi to all viewers……………………………..

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