Spring is here:) Happy Holi:)
Happy Holi To everyone!:)
Information for non-Indian friends :))
However the rest of you can skip it if you want:D
Holi (also called Holaka or Phagwa) is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi’s precise form and purpose display great variety. Originally, Holi was an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. This aspect still plays a significant part in the festival in the form of the colored powders: Holi is a time when man and nature alike throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colors and liveliness of spring.
And look what Lahore Nama has shared on Basant(Spring):) For, Holi heralds the arrival of Basant or Spring does it not?:)
So something on Basant Panchami too:)
The ganga-jamuni tehzeeb has been described beautifully here.
Recently I came across a book “URS AUR MELAY” by Aman Ullah Khan Arman, published by Kitab Manzil Lahore in 1959. I am reproducing the chapter on Basant (p.276-277) here: “Basant (a Sanskrit word for spring) is a seasonal festival of Indo-Pak sub-continent and it has no religious bearings. Basant is the herald of the spring and celebrated in winter (Magh) on the fourth or fifth day of lunar month. This is the reason why it is called Basant Panchami. Basant season starts on this day, therefore, Basant is regarded the herald of spring, wheat grows, and mustard blossoms in this season. (Old Aryan tradition divides a year into six seasons each having two months. Mustard blossom that is yellow in color is considered the color of spring and accordingly yellow outfits were worn).
In pre-partition India Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs all celebrated Basant. Basant festivals held in all major cities of Punjab. Yellow clothes were worn; men wore yellow turbans and women yellow dupattas and saris. It was common to sway swings among Hindu, Muslim and Sikh women together and Basant’s traditional songs were sung that reflected the liveliness and romance of life in Punjab. Kite flying was common but on a small scale with decency.
and here is a beautiful poem in Hindi which speaks of how Holi needs to be played,indeed how it should be celebrated today 🙂 in its true spirit.
GO HERE TO LISTEN TO A BEAUTIFUL,SOOTHING BHAJAN .
The colours of Holi and of India:)
PS:-I am sure most of you have either already played Holi for the day 😀 or are in the middle of celebrations.The wishes are a little late:D but its still Holi isnt it?:)
Happy Holi !:)