Odisha will celebrate the Holi festival on 25th March 2024 (Monday) according to Kohinoor calendar.
Millions of people across Odisha will celebrate Holi with religious fervour and gaiety. Holi revellers will smear colour powder on each other and offer greetings in Odisha.
In Puri, however, it is not just the people who celebrate the festival, Lord Jagganath comes out of the temple to play Holi.
Holi festival has been referred to in the puranical texts as Basantotsaba or the spring festival. Some scriptures testify that the Madanotsaba, the festival held in honour of Madana or the Cupid was later transformed into the Dolatsaba or swing festival of Krishna. Therefore, Krishna is propitiated on this occasion as Madanamohana. Description of the festival as Dolatsaba finds mention in a number of Puranas and other Sanskrit texts.
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In spite of being such a colourful festival, there are various aspects of Holi which make it so significant for our lives. Though they might not be so apparent a closer look and a little thought will reveal the significance of Holi in more ways than meets the eye. Ranging from socio-cultural, and religious to biological there is every reason why we must heartily enjoy the festival and cherish the reasons for its celebrations.
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Holi is known as the festival of Colours. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which usually falls in March, sometimes in late February.
Mythology about Holi
The word “Holi” originates from “Holika”, the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. The special powers blinded him, he grew arrogant, felt he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.
Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika – Prahlada’s evil aunt – tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak (shawl) that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika burned, but Prahlada survived. Vishnu appeared and killed Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika. The day after the Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.
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