The festive season of India is the time when one can really experience what Indian culture is truly about, and how vibrant and cheerful the people of this country are. There are some festivals which are fervently celebrated by people of every community and religion, and one of these festivals is ‘Holi: The Festival of Colors.
The significance of Holi dates back to medieval times, and there are many intriguing folk tales which enunciate the same. The first day of Holi is termed as Holika Dahan, when people gather after sunset, set up a pyre, chant prayers, and then dance around the pyre, celebrating the triumph of virtuous over sinful.
Holi is a festival which is indeed one of the favorites of the state. People apply colorful powder like substances; called gulaal, on each other’s faces, and enjoy the vivacious festival with their loved ones. Children play with water balloons and pichhkaris (water guns), and there is an atmosphere of amusement and positive energy all around. The highlight of the festival are the mouth-watering gujiayas; deep fried dumplings stuffed with a delicious sweet filling, which are sure to melt in your mouth and teleport you to whole new world of ecstatic joy. Another specialty of the festival is Thandai, a refreshing beverage, which will help you stay reinvigorated and energized as you play with multiple colors and dance along the flamboyant festive tunes. If you visit India during Holi and leave without cherishing these sweet treats, consider your vacation unexploited.
People usually wear white clothes, and return home covered in various hues from top to bottom. The amount of color on one’s clothes indicates the number people whom they’ve played Holi with, and it has become a fun tradition to brandish those color soaked clothes. The colorful faces of people perfectly portray the vibrant and soulful culture of our country. The whole sky shrieks of the robust colorful vibes, and the entire scenery is equivalent to that of a painter’s color palette. Holi is the time to celebrate the vivacity and splendor of our traditions, and it a matter of fact that you are bound to have an experience of a lifetime!
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