1. Introduction : Holi is
celebrated from the full moon day (pournima) of the Hindu
lunar month of Phalgun till the fifth day (panchami).
Depending on the regional variations in India, it is celebrated
from two to five days.
It is a festival of radiance (tej) in the universe.
During this festival, different waves of radiance traverse the
universe, thereby creating various colours that nourish and
complement the function of respective elements in the
2. Ritual of Holi
celebration : In this festival main emphasis is laid
on the burning of Holika or lighting of Holi. According to
some scholars this is probably a remnant of the tradition of fire
worshippers. However one should not light Holi during the
First the doer should purify himself and pronounce the resolve
"I am performing the worship along with my family to overcome the
trouble of the demoness."
Cow-dung cakes and a few wooden logs should be piled on the
ground that has been cleaned and decorated with rangoli.
The fire should be lit while chanting mantras. After the fire
is completely burnt, it should be extinguished by sprinkling milk
Holy sacrament (naivedya) of sweets should be
offered; then a prayer should be made thus - "May we get energy to
strive for the protection of the Nation and Dharma."
Fruits like coconut, grape fruit should be distributed to
people who have assembled there. The entire night should be spent
in dance and song.
The next day after a lot of obscene talk the ashes of
Holi should be immersed.
Why this obscene and foul language should be used is
explained as follows - The lunar asterism purva
phalguni is present on the full moon day (pournima) in the
bright fortnight of Phalgun. The Deity of that lunar
asterism is Bhag. The common meaning of Bhag is
reproductive organs, the female sex organs. Thus there should be an
outcry in the name of Bhag. This is a type of worship by itself.
One must realise that it indicates honour of the deity. In some
places it is customary to smear the body with substances like ash,
cow dung and mud and indulge in dancing and singing.
3. Subtle drawings of Holi
*Chaitanya : Divine Consciousness,
* Shakti: Divine Energy,
* Tej-tattva: Absolute Fire Element
4. Do's and Don'ts of the Holi
• Burn dry wood instead of wet wood.
• Do not steal wood for Holi fire.
• Celebrate Holi keeping in the mind it's
purpose of uniting the Hindus.
5. Celebration of Dhoolivandan :
Dhoolivandan is celebrated on the first day (pratipada) on
the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of
On this day either the ashes of Holi or dust is
worshipped. After ritualistic worship it is offered obeisance with
the following mantra which means as,"O dust (dhooli),
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh salute you, hence O deity of the
elements, grant us opulence and protect us." Thus Dhoolivandan is a
worship of the destroyer form of the Deities
6. Celebration of Rang Panchami :
It is celebrated on the fifth day (panchami) of the dark
fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Phalgun by throwing a red,
fragrant powder (gulal) and splashing coloured water, etc.
Let us stop immoral practices during this Rang Panchami and
In present times, there are a lot of malpractices taking place
in the name of celebrating Holi. Similarly, on the day of
Rang panchami, people indulge in malpractices such as - throwing
balloons filled with dirty water, applying dangerous dyes and
colours to the body, etc. These malpractices harm Dharma, and
hence, putting an end to them is our religious duty. Spread this
word in society and even after doing so, if you come across such
incidents, lodge complaints with the police.
• Don't apply colours forcibly. Stop people from doing so
& give them the reasons.
• Stop those who extort money from people on the
• Stop beggars from wearing masks of Deities.
• Stop people from using excessive colours and hurling
• Do not use harmful chemical colours.
• Celebrate Holi in the traditional way!
Recently, citing reasons of deforestation, Anti-Dharmik
Organisations like the Andha-shraddha Nirmulan Samiti (ANIS) have
been giving wrong advice to society, to use garbage to light the
Holi fire. One should not light the Holi fire with
garbage, since it pollutes the environment. Rather, if
Holi is celebrated with the bhav (spiritual emotion) of
worshipping the Deity Holika, the atmosphere will become
But did you ponder over this?
There is wide scale deforestation throughout the year on
account of felling of trees for construction purposes, production
of paper and other activities backed by man's selfish interests.
However, so-called environmentalists ignore this and wake up from
their slumber to create a hue and cry over the felling of trees on
Holi, a religious occasion for Hindus that is celebrated
once a year. Their contention is that 'trees are cut during
Holi, which causes damage to the environment.' They also
make fake appeals like - 'Burn (eradicate) evil thoughts in the
fire of Holi' or 'Burn garbage in the fire of
Holi.' Do not fall a prey to such lame excuses; but
celebrate Holi and Rang Panchami as prescribed by Hindu
holy scriptures and use natural colours.
Dry wood should be used instead of felling good trees to light
Holi fires. Also, the basic objective of celebrating
Holi is to forget differences and come together. If people
bear this in mind and celebrate the festival, they can save wood by
having just one sacrificial fire of Holi for the entire
village or locality instead of each group separately burning wood
for Holi. When Holi is celebrated, as per
traditional practices, it is essential that sanctity of the
religious practice be maintained. Sanctity will be lost if dirt and
garbage is used for the sacrificial fire of Holi.