Holi Festival: the brightest holiday of peace
• Holi Festival: the brightest holiday of the world
In many countries, the arrival of spring meets fun festivals. In India, many people celebrate the spring exchanging food and throw colored powder at each other. It is known as the festival of Holi celebration takes place across the country and is the first major Hindu festival of the year. In addition to the arrival of spring, Holi festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil - and in the Guinness Book of Records, he entered as a most colorful festival of the planet.
The name "Holy" is derived from the name of the well-known character of one of the Indian legends, Holika.
Generally, with the festival are several legends associated. Two of the most famous - tales of Holika and Prahlad, and the legend of Radha and Krishna.
Holika was the sister of the demon king Asura Hirinkashap. The king ordered the people to worship demons, but by his own son, Prahlad, disobeyed and became a devotee of Vishnu. Then the king of the demons tried to kill him. All attempts to destroy Prahlad Hirinkashapa frustrated Vishnu. Once he ordered Holick Prahlad to hold through the fire by giving it protection against flame. Vishnu has changed utterly, and Prahlad came out of the fire unharmed, but Holika burnt to death.
So the festival of Holi is celebrated as a victory of good over evil. Public fire kindled in the town square on the day before the festival, in memory of the burning of the daughter of the king of demons.
Throwing paint and flowers dates back to another legend, the tale of Radha and Krishna.
Krishna complained to his mother that his skin is too dark, while Radha was a lighter shade. Mother, wanting to reassure his son, let him paint the face of Radha any color.
Now, during the Holi festival, family members and close relatives paint each other face, showing his love.
Each color has a special significance in Indian culture. The red color symbolizes fertility, love, beauty. Most brides prefer to wear it at her wedding.
The Holy green symbolizes new beginnings and a rich harvest.
The colors of the Indians rush of pure entertainment.
Celebrating Holi, people forget about the race, social status, and other divisions. It has meaning only in a good mood, which allows everyone to feel a community of the country and the nation.