Holi is one of the oldest and most celebrated festivals of India. There are many interesting stories associated with the festival’s origin as one moves across the different states from North to South and East to West. Paintings and scriptures depict the roots of the festival and mythology plays a very important part in narrating the festival of Holi. The most popular stories of Holi origin relates to ‘Holika Dahan’ and Legend of Radha-Krishan.
The date of Holi is decided according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the date which commemorates with the Falgun Purnima (The last full moon day if the lunar month) in the Hindu calendar. The celebration begins from the eve of Holi with the ritual of ‘Holika Dahan’. Holika Dahan, or burning of demon Holika, is the vital ritual during Holi festival. On a night before Holi, people collect wooden logs and waste materials and gather it together to burn Holika. This bonfire epitomizes the victory of good over evil and also is often termed the ‘cleansing ceremony’ before the actual Holi festival.
On the eve of Holi, guests at JAWAI participated in ‘Holika Dahan’ in Sena village, which involved the lighting of the bonfire and hearing traditional festival music!
The next morning, on the day of ‘Holi’ guests set off from JAWAI camp and headed to our neighbouring villages to experience the unique and playful celebrations. Holi is also known as the ‘Spring Festival’B –B it marks the arrival of Spring; the season of hope and joy. The gloom of the winter is left behind as Holi promises brighter summer days, much like the harvest festival celebrated in other parts of the world.B The promise of a good harvest for the farmers arrives and the crops and fields in JAWAI are at their fullest. Holi got its name as the “Festival of Colours” from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colourful dry paints.
After taking part in a temple procession through the village everyone got involved and played Holi with the children of Sena.
After a super morning and much fun and laughter it was time to sit for a cup of tea and some traditional Indian sweets!
It was a wonderful experience had by all and we are already looking forward to the next year!B Adam our head of field team at JAWAI B captured the days celebrations on video. Take a look belowb&.