India’s MARCH Festivities
Festivals mark the spirit of joy and celebration. They demonstrate the rich cultural heritage of the people and country. They help in bringing happiness and strength
to the lives of people by spreading the message of universal brotherhood. Thus, by celebrating, they help facilitate this knowledge and tradition to be passed
on to the next generation..
The Holi festival, also marked as a opening festival in the Hindu calendar, falls on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun (March). It commemorates the victory of good over evil.
Days before the festival, people start gathering woood and combustible materials for the bonfire in parks, community centers and other open spaces. Inside homes, people stock up on colour pigments, food, party drinks and festive seasonal foods such as gujiya, mathri, malpuas and other regional delicacies. On thieve of Holi, typically at or after sunset, the heap of wood is lit, signifying Holika Dahan. The ritual symbolizes the victory of good over evil. People gather around the fire, sing and dance, you’ll find Holi festivities taking place in most of the areas of India.
Celebration of Holi festival is characterized by performing Holi Puja as per Hindu tradition. After Holi Puja, the next day is celebrated as Duhleti, which is considered to be the actual festivals of colours. During this festival people clean up their houses by burning up waste articles of house and around the house in a significance of destroying disease breeding bacteria and the sanitary condition of the locality is also improved. On this day people put colours on their friends, relatives, even on the strangers, no matter what the social status is, festival of love too as it rubs off all the social, caste, colour discrimination among people and unites them with the power of colour.
Maha Shivratri is probably the biggest festival for Hindu religion and probably the most important festival in a year for the Shaivites (a sect which prays only to Lord Shiva). The festival is celebrated in reverence for Lord Shiva, a symbol of fertility, creation and destruction in Hindu religion. Maha Shivratri is celebrated with huge fervor and zeal throughout the country. Especially in Varanasi which is also known by the other name of Shiv ‘Kashi’. On this day, apart from bathing and praying Lingam in temples, people drink bhang and sing devotional song in praise of the Lord Shiva.
Devotees of Shiva are not just confined to the borders of India. The popularity of this god supersedes oceans; as much zeal in Mauritius and Trini dad and Tobacco. The figure of Shiva has also inspired artists from across generations. Songs such as Kailash Kher’s “Bagad bu” and legendary Bob Marley’s song “Bum Bhole Nath” are national and worldwide chartbusters.
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