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Spring is here:) Happy Holi:)

March 11, 2009

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).


According to poet Kalidasa, rivulets and streams suddenly started flowing, mango bear flowers, honeybees hum and love god enamors the hearts in Basant…


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.


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 !:)

Holi at Vrindavan:)

45 Comments leave one →
  1. J P Joshi permalink
    March 11, 2009 1:10 am

    Happy holi to you too. A very nice and interesting post giving out some facts that I was not aware of. Thank you for spreading cheer, colours and the Good Holi spirit. Happy Holi!!!!!!!

  2. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    March 11, 2009 1:20 am

    Happy Holi Abhilasha.

    As usual, it is a delight to open this page and get deluged with the riot of colour and useful information.

    Basant Panchami, falling on the fifth day of the lunar month of Magh, ushers in spring as the Lahore nama says correctly. Basant Panchami is also known as “Shri Panchami”, Shri being Goddess. This is also the day for doing Sarawati puja. Holi falls about 38 days after Basant panchami.

    The craziest holi in the world is celebrated in Vrindavan and Barsana, the birth place of Radha. Go there sometime to lose yourself in the divine raas of Shri Radha-Krishna. For that one has to learn how not to be distracted by touts and others for whom life is a daily grind.

  3. nimis540 permalink
    March 11, 2009 1:41 am

    Happy Holi dear 🙂

    I never played Holi 😦

  4. Sagarone permalink
    March 11, 2009 1:49 am

    Happy Holi to you Indyeah and to everyone reading this…!

  5. Goofy Mumma permalink
    March 11, 2009 1:52 am

    Beautiful post. I really enjoyed Holi in those photos. Happy Holi to you too Indyeah!

  6. Rakesh permalink
    March 11, 2009 2:19 am

    Hey Indy! Happy Holi to you too!

    Btw where’s your holi celebration pic???

  7. vishesh permalink
    March 11, 2009 3:02 am

    happy holi 😀

  8. R.K. permalink
    March 11, 2009 3:15 am

    Wish you a happy Holi and as colourful life !

  9. Mavin permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:06 am

    Hope your Holi celebrations were fun filled, colourful and safe.

    For us city dwellers, it is more a time to catch up with neighbours, play with colours and water and have a small brunch towards the end. With climate change, there is no winter and hot humid summer is already here.

    All the same this is one festival we all participate with gusto and cheer.

  10. That Subtle Something... permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:28 am

    Happy Holi!
    Colourful pictures and a melodious song!

  11. Solilo permalink
    March 11, 2009 5:08 am

    Ye Holi Holi kya hai ye Holi Holi

    (Just remembered that ILU ILU song of the 90s)

    Holy ki badhayiyaan, Abhi! Hope you had fun. What did you eat? Food is what attracts me to all Indian festivals. 😀

  12. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 11, 2009 5:19 am

    Happy Holi Indyeah and everyone… 🙂
    may this year be full of life and color and brightness… 🙂

  13. Usha Pisharody permalink
    March 11, 2009 5:58 am

    Rang Barse… yahaan to isiki khusbhoo, aur pehchaan hai 🙂

    As Vinod Sir has said, it is always a delight to open this page, and more so today with the riot of colour and the wealth of info. as always…

    Happy Holi all over again.. May the brightness and vividness and freshness of the season, and the colours, ever be with you 🙂

  14. Kislay permalink
    March 11, 2009 7:18 am

    From what I know , this day is the 31st december of the Hindu calendar , or is it ? Happy Holi to you , though it was far from happy for me . Had to work . No gujiya . No maal-pua . 😦

  15. kanagu permalink
    March 11, 2009 7:29 am

    happy holi to you Indyeah..
    I haven’t read this post now..
    Willl be back to post my comments

  16. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:33 am

    J.P Sir:-thank you so much.
    Happy Holi to you too!:))and thank you for the compliments:)

    Vinod Sir:-aww..:))
    thank you so ,so much:)
    Happy Holi to you too:)

    ”Basant Panchami is also known as “Shri Panchami”, Shri being Goddess. This is also the day for doing Sarawati puja. Holi falls about 38 days after Basant panchami.”
    thank you for sharing that sir:)yes I think Basant panchami was on 30th or 31st jan this year

    Vrindavan and Barsana:)
    yes now after reading what you have shared it seems a beautiful idea..I have heard tales of Barsana’s Holi:D
    it does indeed seem mad:)

  17. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:35 am

    Nimmy:-Thanks Nimmy:)and to you too:)
    arre!kabhi nahi kheli?no worries whenever you are in India..we will celebrate:)

    Sagarone:-thank you so much..HAppy Holi to you too:)and to all our friends here:)

    Goofy Mumma:-thank you so much:)
    Happy Holi to you too:)and to DH and BB:)
    ((hugs))for BB:)

  18. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:44 am

    Rakesh:-Thank you:)Happy Holi to you too:)how was it?:)
    arre pics that too on the blogosphere?:D

    nah!actually had a quiet lunch with family and dry holi..:)except for younger bro who had a blast with his friends..:)
    and I always forget to take pics on holi..and noone is willing to give their cam into grubby hands:D

  19. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:47 am

    Vishesh:-thank you:)and to you too:)

    RK:-Happy Holi to you too:)hope you had fun today:)

    Mavin Sir:-thank you:)and wishes for you and your loved ones too:)

    ”For us city dwellers, it is more a time to catch up with neighbours, play with colours and water and have a small brunch towards the end.”

    it is just like this here too in Delhi:)

    yes summers seem to be here already..what wth the changing patterns and all..

    take care:)

  20. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:50 am

    That Subtle Something:-thank you:))and to you too a very Happy Holi:))

    Solilo:) LOL!what a combination!ilu ilu and holi:D
    thank you :)and to you too :)Happy Holi:)
    I had shakar para and ghujiyas:)

    how was your Holi?and Peanut’s?:))
    both of us drooling over food:D

  21. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:53 am

    Ordinary Guy:-thank you Ajit:)
    and yes to everyone too:)Happy Holi!:)yes life colour and brightness ..amen:)

    Usha Pisharody:-:))(((hugs))
    that was so cute Usha:)

    aww..”.Rang Barse… yahaan to isiki khusbhoo, aur pehchaan hai :)”
    ((hugs))for the words given so lovingly:)

    Happy Holi to you too:)

  22. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:57 am

    Kislay:-yes Basant Panchami was on 31 st jan I think…Holi too is associated with basant ritu only:)

    Happy Holi and thank you for your wishes:)

    arre!office and no holi ka khana?:(

    should have landed at a friends house and hogged some ghujiyas 😀
    malpuas are made best by our moms only I think:))

    doesnt matter I am sure aunty will make them for you when you go home:)

    Kanagu:-thank you:)and to you to a Happy Holi!:)

  23. Aren O. Týr permalink
    March 11, 2009 11:34 am

    Looks fun! I could do with more colour in my life! (In all senses of the word) 🙂

    Happy Holi Indyeah!

  24. hitch writer permalink
    March 11, 2009 7:37 pm

    Happy Holi to you tooo Indyea !!!

  25. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 11:02 pm

    Aren:-thank you:)
    here’s to more colour in your life:)

    Dhiren:-thank you:)
    had fun ?:D
    I am sure you were the main person going around dragging everyone out:D
    Happy Holi to you and your loved ones:)

  26. Vikas Gupta permalink
    March 12, 2009 5:06 am

    Hey thanks for commenting on my Holi Blog.

    Will visit you later (really later) because I am very busy for some months.

    So your name is Abhilasha (as Vinod ji has addressed you)?! I have seen your pic (where you successfully covered your face with a placard) too on Poonam’s blog (Delhi Metro) Valentine’s day!

    Oh! I am famous for writing long comments. So I must stop now. 🙂

  27. Chriz permalink
    March 12, 2009 6:04 am

    very colorful explanation.. rocking one… happy holi

  28. kanaguonline permalink
    March 12, 2009 6:07 am

    thats a really an informative post Indyeah…. I don’t know much about holi.. but got know something now.. 🙂

  29. Anrosh permalink
    March 12, 2009 6:19 am

    there is rang every where and water too..
    holi hai !

  30. Mystic Margarita permalink
    March 12, 2009 7:40 am

    Happy Holi to you too! 🙂 Thanks for the interesting details. The last pic. looks very similar to Basanta (Vasant) Utsab in Shantiniketan. They welcome spring dressed in yellow and green, with songs and dances. All the students, the youngest to the oldest, participate and it’s one of the most enjoyable Holi celebrations I’ve seen.

  31. Piper .. permalink
    March 12, 2009 2:11 pm

    Happy Holi Indyeah! and Sorry for the belated wishes..

  32. Ajith permalink
    March 12, 2009 5:52 pm

    Happy Holi Indyeah!! Great work 🙂

  33. I scribble here permalink
    March 12, 2009 7:25 pm

    a very Happy holi to you! and such a colourful blog u got here 🙂 am all set to read more

  34. freespirit permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:18 pm

    Happy Holi!

  35. Poonam permalink
    March 12, 2009 9:41 pm

    How was your Holi? THis was one colourful post I read long back.

    I had bookmarked the poem and read it, it has some wonderful lines, let me see if I can copy them here:

    Nope I cant

    Prem ke gulal se aao khelen aaj holi
    vishwash se bhari ho jholi aao khelen milkar holi

    And I hope yuo could check my responses to your comments in the last posts. I reply bit late, but do reply. 😉

  36. Phoenix permalink
    March 13, 2009 1:45 am

    Hey, hope you had a great colorful holi! 🙂

  37. My Castle in Spain permalink
    March 13, 2009 5:37 am

    Happy Happy Holi to you sweet Indyeah!
    enjoy spring at its fullest!

  38. Pixie permalink
    March 13, 2009 6:29 am

    Happy Holi to you too and I hope you had a great day! 🙂

    The Bhajan is really nice and melodious!

    The info posted abt Holi was quite Informative! 🙂

  39. Indyeah permalink
    March 13, 2009 3:52 pm

    Vikas Gupta:You are most welcome.:)it wasa pleasure
    I enjoyed your JNU blog and the Holi post there..went via Solilo’s Blog:)and you dont have to thank me..commenting is a golden rule of blogging:D
    all the best for your exams..
    yes it is Abhilasha..:)
    though Indyeah is better I think..that metro pic is of Aneesha another girl in the group:)

    sure anytime..your comments are welcome:)

    Chriz:-:D thank you:)
    loved your blog btw..have blogrolled you:)
    its one humorous blog:D

    Kanagu:_:)glad I could ‘enlighten’ you:D
    I am not aware of quite afew traditions myself…:D

    Anrosh:_aww…Thank you;)and to you too belated wishes for not just Holi but Happiness galore:))

  40. Indyeah permalink
    March 13, 2009 4:00 pm

    Mystic Maragrita:-thank you:)
    and yes it might well be a Shanti niketan pic..I suspected as much…but a lot of sites were carrying this [ic and all of them had different went with Vrindavan..:D

    But even I think that it might be Shanti Niketan:)

    Hope you had a wonderful Holi:))

    Piper:-arre!its okay!:)and to you too:)((hugs)):)

    Ajith:-thank you:)and to you too:)

    I scribble here:-thank you so much:)its amazing to read those words:)I loved your blog too:))

    Freespirit:-Happy Holi:)((hugs))how was Holi?:))

  41. Indyeah permalink
    March 13, 2009 4:05 pm

    Poonam:-arre aa gayi?:PP

    yup read your replies..aww..((hugs)):))I know yopu do reply paagal!:P

    Happy Holi:))

    belated one:D
    ”Prem ke gulal se aao khelen aaj holi
    vishwash se bhari ho jholi aao khelen milkar holi”
    wah!!beautiful lines!:)

    Phoenix:-thank you:))And to you too:)yes had a wonderful one:)

    My castle In Spain:-thank you so much Lala:))Spring is beautiful isnt it?:)

    ((hugs))and love:)

    Pixie:-thank you:))
    and to you too:)yes did have a good day:)and thank you for the words:))

  42. amit permalink
    March 15, 2009 12:21 pm

    Belated Happy Holi! That was one colorful post!

  43. Indyeah permalink
    March 15, 2009 3:19 pm

    Amit:-Thank you so much:)Holi deserved a colourful post:)hope you had a wonderful Holi too:)

  44. Chirag permalink
    March 15, 2009 8:58 pm

    Indyeah, very belated Holi 🙂 well my holid was different, a) I was in dentist chair and then office 😀 hopw you had a great one, also did you do Bhang???

  45. Indyeah permalink
    March 16, 2009 7:56 am

    Chirag:-thanks:)and to you too:)
    yeah your dentist tales are known far and wide by now:D
    Hows the pain now?
    nope havent tried bhaang till now:D
    I cant hold a drink:D

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