"Holi, the festival of love. Happy holi. Hare Krishna."
Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated.
Holi, known as the ‘festival of colors’ is celebrated on the full moon day falling in the month of Phalguna (Feb-Mar). Various colors and water are thrown on each other, amidst loud music, drums etc to celebrate Holi. Like many other festivals in India, Holi also signifies a victory of good over evil
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 to make these. Nowadays herbal & fragrant holi colours are available for those who wish to enjoy a chemical free Holi. The event commemorates the victory of good, peace and love over evil. It is said the demoness Holika was conquered through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.Vishnu’s reincarnation Lord Krishna liked to play pranks on village girls by drenching them in water and colours – which is where the tradition came from.
I had some fun playing holi this year as well. I received a request on twitter for holi, Here are some pictures of my feet covered with holi gulal and rainbow nail polish!!
Nail polishes Used:
Deborah Lipman Gel Colours
Safe Fragrant Herbal Holi colours from S&S Handicrafts