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my festival holi
होली के साथ अनेक दंत-कथाएँ जुड़ी हुई हैं। होली से एक रात पहले पूर्णिमा की रात्रि को होली जलाई जाती है। इसके लिए एक पौराणिक कथा प्रसिद्ध है कि 'भक्त प्रह्लाद' के पिता राक्षस राज 'हिरण्यकश्यप' स्वयं को भगवान मानते थे। वह विष्णु के परम विरोधी थे। परन्तु उनका पुत्र प्रह्लाद विष्णु भक्त था। उन्होंने भक्त प्रह्लाद को विष्णु भक्ति करने से बहुत रोका। जब वह नहीं माने, तो उन्होंने अनेकों बार उन्हें मारने का प्रयास भी किया। प्रह्लाद के पिता ने तंग आकर अपनी बहन होलिका से सहायता मांगी। होलिका अपने भाई की सहायता करने के लिए तैयार हो गई। होलिका को आग में न जलने का वरदान प्राप्त था। होलिका प्रह्लाद को लेकर चिता में जा बैठी। परन्तु भगवान विष्णु की कृपा से प्रह्लाद सुरक्षित रहे और होलिका जल कर भस्म हो गई। तभी से होलिका दहन किया जाता है। गाँवों में तो होली का अपना ही आनंद होता है। लोग टोलियाँ बनाकर घर-घर जाकर खूब नाचते-गाते हैं। शहरों में कहीं 'मूर्ख सम्मेलन' कहीं 'कवि सम्मेलन' आदि होता हैं। ब्रज की होली तो पूरे भारत में मशहूर है। वहाँ की जैसी होली तो पूरे भारत में देखने को नहीं मिलती है। कृष्ण मंदिर में होली की धूम का अपना ही अलग स्वरूप है। ब्रज के लोग राधा के गाँव जाकर होली खेलते हैं। मंदिर कृष्ण भक्तों से भरा पड़ा रहता है। चारों तरफ गुलाल लहराता रहता है। लोग कृष्ण व राधा की जय-जयकार करते हुए होली का आनंद लेते हैं। परन्तु आजकल अच्छे रंगों का प्रयोग न करके रासायनिक लेपों आदि का प्रयोग करते हैं, जो मनुष्य के लिए हानिकारक है। होली के दिन कुछ लोग शराब पीकर उदंगड मचाते हैं, जिससे इसकी गरिमा को नुकसान पहुँचता है। इसे मंगलमय रूप देकर मनाया जाना चाहिए। तभी इसका भरपूर आनंद लिया जा सकेगा।
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Like Diwali, Holi is also a festival of the Hindus, It is a very important festival. It falls in the month of March. It marks the beginning of the Spring season. Though it is called the festival of Sudras, yet it is celebrated by all the Hindus Like Diwali great preparations are made all over country to celebrate it.
Why it is Celebrated :
The festival of Holi is connected with the story of Prahlad. he was a true devote of God. his father was Raksbash. he tried to kill him many a time but in vain. Having failed to kill him he ordered his sister Holika to burn him to death. She took the boy in her arms. She sat with him on a huge burning fire. The fire burnt Holika and spared Prahlad. In the memory of this great event, effigies of Holika are made and burn by people. In Brij Mandal, the Holi is connected with the activates of Lord Krishna.
How it is Celebrated :
Great piles of fuel or colleted in the streets. They are called Holi. On the festival day women worship Holi. They take a few rounds of it. It is brunt at night on a fixed hour. People parch green ears barley on the flames of Holi. They distribute these parched ear among their friends and relatives. In every Hindu house sweets and namkeens are prepared. children take delight in eating pucca food. Everybody puts on new cloths.
The following day's Celebrations :
The following day is a day of merry making. The young boys make small parties and go about the streets. They sing and dance. they throw colored water on one another. Their clothes become completely wet. They are also turn. Shourts of joy are heard every where. Children roam in the streets in parties. They have syring and buckets full of colored water. They throw colored water on people with their syrings. The elder people use to abir and gulal. They rub them on foreheads of the people.
People sing song and make merry. Exchange of harmless jokes become common. Everybody cheers and forgets himself. In the afternoon people visit their friends and relatives. People forget all their quarrels and differences in the Holi week.
This festival creates feelings of love and friendship. People forget bitterness, enmity and hatred. Quarrels are finished.
But on this festival unthoughtful people forget themselves. They do indecent things. They drink. They sing vulgar songs. Filthy words come out of their mouths. Sometimes they paint people's face with tar and charcoal. This leads to quarrels. Quarrels result in deaths also.
This festival had nothing bad in the beginning. Now it has become unholy and unpleasant. People should bring reforms in it. The Government should announce that only harmless acts are allowed. Arya Samaj should take keen interest in reforming the Holi festival.
Colours, gujiyas and fun...I love Holi so much
Holi happens to be my favourite festival. I particularly enjoy the colour part of it. I keep stocks of every colour but red happens to be my favourite. The other ones specially, the purple is one I hate to use on Holi. It never goes and makes one look so bad.
I also enjoy preparing gujiyas with my mother and sisters. My mother keep frying them in the pan, while we sisters do the rolling, cutting and filling part of it. My favourite job is to do the filling which gives me a chance to keep stealing the tasty khoya which is full of dry fruits. Eating the gujiyas - piping hot just as they come out of pan is the other most cherished moment of the festival.
I also take care to keep my preparation for the festival ready. Like choose some old and faded jeans and a shirt I am bored off besides taking care of the oiling and creaming part of it. Otherwise, the aftermath of the Holi festival could be extremely tiresome.
I have also had a bad experience after Holi once when I got so much engrossed in playing with the colour that I became to late to get a bath and the water tank got exhausted. I had to wait for hours drenched in the water before the water supply was restored. It was a very painful lesson that I learnt - take a bath on time.
I particularly enjoy the festival in the company of friends and relatives, i.e. when there are lot of people to be coloured. The excitement is unmatched when everybody loves the festival as much as you do.