The essence of spring smells of fresh new blossoms, bright clear mornings, and sunny weather coupled with vibrant color of festivals. Flowers, changing weather pattern and shaking off winter tardiness and lethargy. Golden Triangle India Tours vibrant colors of spring awaken the mind as the bright sunshine gathers steam and strength in heat intensity. There are lots of activities going on particularly with the change of moods and season. Activities like holiday travel, adventure and the excitement of new flavors and festivals.
Festival of Colors (Holi Festival) is unique and gives prominence in the way it’s celebrated, done or how it’s conducted in India. From north to south, east to west of the country, all alludes to the arrival of true spring time.
Many myths, legends and traditions are observed and are symbolic with each giving a prominent feel of cultural attachment and dynamism. Holi festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. A few legends and myths compound;
Legend of Holika
Demon king Hiranyakashipu had received a boon that made him virtually indestructible and invicible which made him arrogant to demand he be worsiped. His son Prahlada disagreed though and worshiped Lord Vishnu. The king Hirinyakashipu was angry at his sons determined commitment to Lord Vishnu. Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt requested him to sit on a pyre together. Holika was protected by the cloak she wore whereas Prahlada wasn’t. The raging fire caused the cloak to fly off Holika and cover Prahlada while Holika got consumed by the fire. Prahlada was thus saved from the evil intentions of his aunt Holika. Lord Vishnu destroyed the demon king Hiranyakashipu. Holika Bonfires symbolise victory of good over evil.
Myth of Putana and Lord Krishna
Through this myth it’s believed Lord Krishna’s dark skin color tone was caused by poison of Putana (female demon). Lord Krishna as a youngster had worried if fair skinned Radha and other girls would like his dark skin tone. Krishna’s mother asks him to color Radhas face in any color tone. Lord Khrisna obeys and colors Radhas face. The symbolic coloring of Radhas face by Krishna is thus remembered as Holi.
Spring festivals celebrate and emancipate one from the tardiness of the immediate season, winter and welcome vibrant holiday travel.