The significance of Holi – Why do we celebrate Holi

Why do we celebrate Holi


Painted streets, crowd immersed in colours, kids throwing water balloons at passers-by and delicious sweets and savouries is what the perfect image of Holi looks like!But this fun festival is more than just colours! Holi has its roots in Indian culture which not only has mythological meaning but also has social, cultural, and biological significance. Let us have a look at them.


  • The cultural significance of Holi lies in the ability of good to vanquish evil. The essence of the festival lies in healing sour relationships and to get rid of past evil practices. This festive day brings along joy and merriness along with colours and sweet delicacies.
  • The mythological significance of Holi finds its roots in Dwapara Yuga and Kruta Yuga. When Hiranyakashipu tried to kill his son Prahlada with fire, along with his sister Holika, Lord Krishna saved Prahlada and killed the other two which defines the victory of goodness over evil.
  • Holi is associated with a bonfire ceremony called as Holika Dahan. The burning of Holika leads to increase in temperature to about 145 degrees which kills the bacteria in the body and atmosphere.
  • There is a symbolic myth that Lord Krishna developed a dark blue skin color when he was poisoned. He was discouraged whether the fair-skinned girls would like him. Krishna’s mother asked him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour of his choice. Ever since the playful celebration of Holi with colours is commemorated with Krishna and Radha.
  • Physicians believe that supplementing the colours from an external source also have a profound effect on the mind and the body. Earlier, people used to play with ‘abeer’ which penetrates the body and strengthens the body ions. This playful celebration involves singing and dancing which rejuvenates the human system.
  • This festival of colours remarks the arrival of Spring season and end of Winter season. This festive season celebrates agriculture and recognizes fertile land and good harvest. Holi is also referred as ‘Vasant Mahotsava’ and ‘Kama Mahotsava’ for this reason.
  • Holi defines colours, entertainment, fun, dance and much more. People follow a tradition of meetings and exchanging sweets which strengthens bonding and renews ruptured relationships.


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