Golden Triangle, Indian Festival Special – Yoga way
Holi is a spring festival that essentially celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Coinciding with the end of winter and the beginning of a new season, it is treated as a time to give thanks for a good harvest. It is also considered a time to come together and end any conflicts you might have in your relationships with others. Holi is called festival of colors, one of the majoy Indian festival.
Holi festival begins with large bonfires where people gather to watch the burning of Holika effigies. Religious rituals and prayers are carried out in the hope that evil will be destroyed in the fire as Holika was. The following day is when the real fun starts as people hit the streets to throw colored powder(gulaal) at anyone they can. Water makes the powder go further with participants using water guns, water-filled balloons and even sprinklers to create the right environment for fun. These celebrations take place across cities, towns and villages, in urban parks, pedestrian streets and local temples. Small parades of musicians provide the soundtrack with drummers and singers moving from one place to another. Best places to celebrate holi are Jaipur, Udaipur & Delhi.
Diwali is India’s ‘Festival of Light’, a time when people come together to celebrate good conquering evil, light conquering dark. This celebration of new beginnings coincides with the Hindu New Year and the start of the new business year, so there are prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the god of wisdom and luck, for a successful year. It’s the biggest event in the Hindu calendar, and Sikhs and Jains celebrate similar festivals at the same time as Hindus celebrate Diwali. Best places to celebrate diwali are Jaipur, Udaipur & Delhi.
The word “Diwali” literally means “rows of lighted lamps”, which gives you a good idea of what the festival looks like. As you might expect, Diwali celebrations are all about bright lights: firework displays are put on, and people decorate their homes with colorful lights and earthenware candles called ‘diyas’. Shops and other public spaces are similarly adorned. These lamps are said to help the goddess Lakshmi – goddess of wealth – find her way to homes and businesses, and windows are often left open to allow the goddess in, bringing wealth with her. Adding to the color are rangoli artworks on the floors of living rooms and courtyards; these are bright patterns (the most popular being a lotus flower) created from colored sand, petals, flour or dry rice.
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