Health Benefits of the Hindu Color Festival Holi
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.