HOLI is the festival of colours and it is undoubtedly the most exuberant and fun filled Hindu festival. It brings mere joy and merriment, music and dance, fun and play, and definitely a lot of bright colours!
When the winter says good bye, it’s the time to enjoy this spring festival that every year is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and praises for the fertility and good harvest of the land. Every household is refilled with the crops and such fruitfulness causes the plethoric exhilaration during the festival of the colours. ‘Vasant Mahotsava’ and ‘Kama Mahotsava’ are the other names of the celebration and these names refer to the cheerfulness and joy of the harvest.
The practices that at the other times might have been found offensive are allowed during Holi. Teasing and laughter, squirting colored water on people around, dunking friends in mud pools is perfectly acceptable during this time. So you can actually get away with almost anything by saying; “Don’t mind, it’s Holi!” (Hindi: Buran na mano, Holi hai!)
The ones who especially enjoy the festival are the women. Through the rest of the year, they must to follow the religious traditions, but at Holi, they are joyfull with the freedom of more relaxed rules. It’s a time for license and immodesty in place of the usual societal and caste restrictions.
If we put Holi in other words, it’s the way for the people to indicate their concealed heat and experience with physical relaxations!