Holi: Health, Colour and Happiness
The enthusiasm of Holi is gaining momentum. Children have already started doing big purchasing in the hustle and bustle of Holi. But do you know what is the significance of this festival coming at the time of change of seasons? After all, why do we use color(gulal) and different types of dishes in Holi? Here we discuss Holi, Health, Colour, and Happiness.
Holi – Festival of Spring Season
The festival of Holi is celebrated at the time of displacement of autumn and the sweet arrival of the spring season. Holi is the last festival of the autumn season, followed by the season of new leaves and flowers and the beginning of summer. Let’s catch more about Holi, Health, Colour, and Happiness.
Why is Holi celebrated?
Holika Dahan is a symbol of victory of truth over falsehood. It is described in the Bhagavata Purana. Devotee Prahlad was born of a demon named Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyakashipu did not like Prahlad’s devotion to Vishnu. That is why he asked his sister Holika to kill Prahlad. To save Prahlad, Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of Narasimha and saved him.
Holika got burnt in the fire, but devotee Prahlad survived. On this happy occasion, the festival of celebrating Holi is celebrated on the next day of Holika Dahan.
There is also a belief that the day after Holika Dahan, Radha had drenched her Krishna with the colors of her choice, since then the practice of celebrating Holi started. Basically, the purpose of celebrating Holi is that it is celebrated in the happiness of good over evil.
Relationship of Cuisine and Holi festival
Due to the low temperature in the autumn season, our body has to fight more to increase the heat of our body, for which we have to increase our diet. At this time our digestive system also remains correct.
As we move towards summer, in this summer season, the outbreak of Vata starts increasing and we feel less inclined to eat. Due to an excess of Vata, the risk of many diseases also increases and the body gets affected.
If we look closely at all these things, then it comes to know that there are different types of festivals in India i.e. In our country, different types of dishes are prepared in these festivals which quench the tri-doshas of our body.
Therefore, as we move out of the autumn season to summer festivities, we use ghee and dishes made from it and curd and buttermilk help us to pacify our vata these days and the body also feels fat-free and light. That’s why it is customary to cook and eat different types of dishes in Holi.
In Holi, there is a custom to prepare foods from native ghee, sweets, malpuas, gujiyas, dumplings, laddus, chenna, khoya, pudding, urad, soya-fenugreek parathas, etc, to balance the vata and pitta.
The ghee and oil predominate in all of them that do special work in quenching Vata. For this reason, there is a tradition in our culture to eat different types of dishes and dishes at these festivals.
Importance of Ubtan and Massage
There is a tradition of applying turmeric and mustard oil on the body on the occasion of Holika Dahan.
Oil massage in autumn, rubbing mustard paste, and doing exercises help in the diagnosis of Vata diseases.
The accumulation of phlegm starts in the winter season (Magh-Phalgun), whose outbreak starts appearing in the
Do not refuse if someone puts mud on Holi!
There are also reasons behind applying soil, mud, and colors on the occasion of Holi. All types of micro-nutrients are present in the soil. Our ancestors knew this very well. Perhaps this is the reason why cows, bulls, buffaloes clench their fists with their horns and put them on their heads. They scrape the soil from their feet and throw it on their body.
Buffaloes, elephants, pigs, other animals, and birds, no matter how much they bathe and wash, will either pour the soil themselves or roll in the mud. A sparrow-like bird plays in the dust. Many times monkeys have been seen eating the soil under Tulsi, Peepal, Neem trees, that’s why the monkey never gets sick.
Therefore, the use of soil during Holi makes us healthy. Clay regulates the temperature of our body, opens the pores, and removes the contaminants.
Importance of colors on the occasion of Holi
Colors are also very important in our life. Provided they do not contain hazardous chemicals. Naturally prepared colors also act as medicine in our bodies like clay.
Red color: By putting red color on the body, provides heat to the nervous system, increases the energy of the body, is beneficial in Vata and Kapha diseases.
Green color: Green color keeps the muscles and nervous system healthy along with mental happiness. It is beneficial in fever, liver, kidney inflammation, skin diseases, boils, pimple, herpes, eye diseases, diabetes, dry cough, cold, piles, blood pressure, etc.
Yellow color: Beneficial in stomach diseases.
Orange color: It is a color that enhances mental and willpower. Orange color also causes cough-related diseases, cough, fever, pneumonia, respiratory diseases, gas in the stomach, heart disease, arthritis, anemia, an increase of milk in the mother’s breasts.
Sky color: It is beneficial in Pitta disorders.
Blue color: Cooling and beneficial in constipation, insomnia, leucorrhoea.
In this way, these different colors keep us healthy by strengthening the systems of our bodies. Just keep in mind that there is no chemical mixed in the colors. They must have been prepared by natural means.
Celebrate Holi with all your heart and enthusiasm. Eat a lot and enjoy… It’s an Incredible Festival!