Interesting + Amazing Holi Facts

 1.Indian Holi is very similar to Spanish festival “La Tomatina” with the only difference of colours replacing the ripe tomatoes.

2.Before smearing colours on one another people usually put a vertical line on each other’s forehead known as ‘Tilak’.

3. A very special Holi is also celebrated in some areas which are played with the petals of flowers. People allergic to colours can also play Holi with these petals.

4. Some people make natural Holi colours rather than buying them from the market. These colours are 100% herbal and nature-friendly where the blue  colour is obtained from indigo, yellow from sunflower and turmeric and orange from marigold flowers.

5. In Mathura and Vrindavan a different type of Holi is played known as ‘Lathdar Holi’, in which women and men dress in traditional costumes and play Holi with the stick and a shield. Women try to touch men with sticks and men have to protect themselves with the shield.

6. Holi is associated with the love between lord Krishna and the love of his life Radha. As legend says young Krishna complained to his mother Yashoda about his dark complexion and that Radha was so fair. Yashoda told Krishna, he can colour her in any colour he wants and her complexion will change. Krishna followers all around the world celebrate Holi with zest and zeal.

7. There is a popular saying in Holi i.e. ‘Bura na mano Holi hai’ which means “don’t mind, its Holi.”

8. There’s a tradition of consuming bhang during the eve of Holi. Bhang is an intoxicating ingredient which is obtained from cannabis leaves. A fine paste is made and then added to drinks and in snacks. It is the only day when bhang is accepted legally and consumed in such high dose.

9. On the eve of Holi people make sweet delicacy known as ‘Gujiya’ which is basically a sweet dumpling. These dumplings are stuffed with the dry-fruits, Khoyas and much more. It’s a tradition to make gujiyas at homes which have way more value from that purchased in the market.

10.Very next day of Holi is for social bonding and on this day, people visit each other’s house where they greet each other with Gujiyaa’s and Namakeen’s . Most of the markets and shops remain closed.

11. It is a two-day festival. The first day is the bonfire night which is known as ‘Holika Dahan’ which is known as ‘Choti Holi’ and the second day is when the main celebration with colours takes place.

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