Holi reinforces religious beliefs with social significance

Thousands of people marking Holi in Jaipur, Rajasthan on March 17, 2022 (Photo by Pallav Paliwal)

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Auckland, March 18, 2022

Indians are celebrating Holi, the festival of colors today (March 18, 2022), although Covid-19 restrictions in many parts of the world and in India will dampen the festivities somewhat.

However, the spirit of the festival will remain high as Holi marks the start of spring, a season that brings with it hope, prosperity and all good news.

Holi celebrations are held in many parts of India on an increasing scale over the years, given the interest shown by people in the five southern states of India. School and college students, members of community social groups and the wealthy in their own homes throw colored powder at each other, dance and eat together, true to the spirit of friendship and camaraderie the festival offers .

Although it is a colorful festival, Holi has various aspects that make it important to our lives. Be they socio-cultural, religious or biological, there are reasons why people should enjoy the festival.

The mythological significance is discussed in various articles of Indian press link.

Women in Nandgaon (Mathura, Uttar Pradesh) during Lathmaar Holi celebrations on March 12, 2022 (Photo by Pallav Paliwal)

Cultural significance

Celebrating the various legends associated with Holi reassures people of the power of truth because the moral of all these legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil. The legend of Hiranyakashipu and Prahlad also highlights the fact that extreme devotion to God pays off as he always takes his true devotee into his shelter.

All these legends help people to follow good conduct in their lives and to believe in the virtue of being truthful. This is extremely important in modern society.

Additionally, Holi is celebrated at a time of year in the northern hemisphere when the fields are in full bloom and people are expecting a good harvest. It gives them a good reason to rejoice, rejoice and get into the spirit of Holi.

Social significance

Holi helps bring people together and strengthen the secular fabric, since the Festival is marked not only by Hindus but also by people of other religions, it has gained universal acceptance. Additionally, the tradition of Holi is for people to forget their differences and foster goodwill and understanding among themselves. While the day is spent coloring one another, the evenings are spent visiting friends and families and exchanging greetings, sweets and gifts. This habit helps revitalize relationships and strengthen emotional bonds.

Holi transcends religious and other barriers (INL File Photo)

Biological significance

Interestingly, the Holi festival is important in our lives in many other ways.

We also have to thank our ancestors who started the trend of celebrating Holi at such a scientifically precise time. And, also to incorporate so much fun into the festival.

As Holi comes at a time of year when people tend to feel sleepy and lazy. It is natural for the body to experience some delay due to the transition from cold to hot weather. The physical movements, accompanied by music, dance and fun, help to rejuvenate the different systems of the body. Biologists believe that the liquid dye or Abeer used in the colors enters the body and enters the pores. It helps to strengthen ions and add health and beauty.

Source: Society for Confluence of Festivals in India

Ruth R. Culp