What you didn’t know about the colors of Holi
With Spring just around the corner, the world is becoming more colorful. The sun is shining; making the green grass brighter and the flowers even more beautiful. But if we want to discuss real color and joy, we should talk about Holi.
This festival is actually pretty popular worldwide, but what many do not know is that it is actually part of the Hindu religion, mainly celebrated in India and Nepal. It is also known as “The Festival of Colors” or “The Festival of love”.
Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil based on the story of Holika and Prahlad; it also celebrates the arrival of spring. But let’s not have a history lesson right now. Instead, let’s talk about those amazing colors that get thrown around during the festival.
You might have seen pictures before of all types of people throwing bright colored powder. The powder is actually called “Gulal”. The action of tossing around the powder sends a message of love and happiness all around, which is why Holi is full of beautiful tones such as blues, yellows, magentas, greens, violets and more. The powders are traditionally made of flowers and herbs. However, nowadays they are synthetic.
Anyway, have you ever wondered if these colors have any meaning or are they just pretty to look at? Well for your information, the most popular ones actually have meaning to them and they are of different nature:
Red: symbolizes purity and it’s a color commonly used for brides or to represent matrimony.
Blue: is related to Lord Krishna, a god from Hinduism.
Yellow: refers to a healing power because of its connection to “Turmeric”, which is in the color yellow and is used in India to heal inflammatory and digestive issues.
Green: is related to new beginnings, fertility and harvest.
White: is a peaceful color as it transmits serenity, and in the Indian culture is the color of mourning.
Black: is the color of evil, in relation to darkness and negativity. It is actually a commonly used color in India.
As is almost everything in the indian culture, this celebration is full of meaning and good vibes. It features the colors and traditions of this incredible culture, and spreads good intentions and feelings across the world. So if you ever get the chance to celebrate Holi in India or anywhere else, enjoy it to the fullest and make sure you fill your heart with joy and good energy.
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