People all around the country are gearing up and women are watching thousands of makeup tutorials on YouTube because it takes a lot of effort and expensive products to take care of your skin and hair because Holi is here guys! How excited are you? Holi is one of the most loved festivals in India because you can do anything and get away with it-“bura na maano holi hain”! We hope we are not giving ideas to the pranksters out there. This festival of colors is celebrated with glee and awe and of course a lot of colors. But have you ever wondered what these different colors may signify? Do they have a mythical significance or do we use them for just fun and nothing more?
Well turns out that each color used to play Holi actually symbolize certain things in our culture and they are very insightful. Turns out, the festival is not so pointless after all.
Blue – The Colour Of Lord Shiva!
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It is a reference to Indian deity Vishnu or the preserver. We have three leading gods in Indian mythology- Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu who is identified as a preserver. He is also called Nilakantha, blue necked, because he drank poison to save creation. Hence it signifies the power to destroy or curb evil by taking recourse to the right path.
Green – The Colour Of Lord Ram
It obviously signifies regeneration, vitality, happiness and nature. It is a color of Ram who spent his life in exile. Women often wear green bangles in his honour.
Yellow – The Vibrant Colour Of Prosperity
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India in a country which has for long believed in the incorrigible caste system. There are four main castes – Brahmans, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras and often this color is associated with the third kind or merchants. Lord Vishnu is said to have woven the rays of the sun into a garment which is why he and Krishna are almost always depicted in yellow. This bright colour stands for prosperity, good health and peace.
Red – The Color Of Love
Like always, red symbolizes unending love passion and vitality. It is the color of vermilion which married women wear across many states in India. Red as a whole, stands for auspiciousness and thus is a must in any festival!
So now that you know what the colors mean, make it a point to make this Holi all the more meaningful. Play safe and have an amazing holi ahead.