The festival of color “Holi” is now played and celebrated around the world with fervor. However, the festival of color or Holi which is celebrated in India has significance and meaning which are much deeper. Holi, just like any other Indian festival, is a statement: “The triumph of good over evil.
Every color has significance in culture and Holi which is a celebration with a kaleidoscope of different colors and each color signifies a -particular aspect of human civilization and culture. From the yellow color used in Vrindavan ‘Lath Maar Holi’ to the dark red color of Tesu flowers used to prepare colors in Madhya Pradesh, every color is intertwined with the local culture and folklore.
Holi has come a long way and today we see that there is a turning back to the ancient natural colors which are used in modern toys like water cannons and water balloons.
Colors are not used only for fun or enjoyment on Holi, but these colors have special significance for mental and physical health as well as from religious, spiritual, and scientific points of view. Know the importance of these colors –
Significance Of Red
The most popular color on Holi is red; It is used to wish for the deities on Holi. In Hindu culture, red is also the color of love and marriage, with many brides adopting this color on their wedding day. Also, when a married woman dies, her body is covered with a red cloth. It is also traditional for Hindus to wear red clothes with powdered kumkum on their forehead as a symbol of a happy marriage.
The color red is a symbol of energy, courage, ambition, anger, excitement, enthusiasm, and might. At the same time, this color is also considered a symbol of love and sexuality. Red color solves blood and heart-related problems and problems like mental impairment, and lack of confidence. At the same time, the color red is also very important from a religious point of view. This is very important in Devi Sadhana.
Significance Of White
White color is a symbol of peace and purity. It gives peace to the restless mind, helps in the attainment of knowledge, and by infusing positivity in life, it purifies the mind and brain by imparting sattvikta. This color is very positive for people of an extremely angry nature.
Significance Of Green
The green color is a symbol of coolness, freshness, greenery, positivity, immutability, pride, and happiness. It is important for relieving stress, vascular diseases, liver, and intestinal diseases, and blood purification. It bestows confidence, happiness, and coolness. It is also called the color of intelligence. The color green is also an indicator of good luck and prosperity. In Hinduism, green represents another manifestation of Vishnu. Rama – who spent most of his life in exile. Along with its natural colors, green also symbolizes new beginnings, life, and harvest.
Significance Of Blue
Blue color shows love, sensitivity, trust, warmth, courage, and virility. It is beneficial for blood pressure, respiratory diseases, and eyesight. This color is also very important from the point of view of religion and astrology. Light blue i.e., the sky color represents the water element in the body and shows spiritual growth. This color symbolizes Lord Krishna, whose skin turned dark blue when he tried to poison him as a child. Furthermore, the blue color represents bravery, determination, the ability to face challenging situations, and depth of character.
Significance Of Yellow
Yellow color shows well-being, amity, peace, aptitude, wealth, and fame. It is beneficial for bile and digestive problems. Yellow also represents youth. It also shows intellectual development and gives a feeling of happiness. It is also a symbol of candor. With its healing addition of the root spice turmeric, yellow represents health and happiness. Yellow color is also associated with Lord Vishnu – ‘the preserver’. On the other hand, some say that color represents learning and wisdom
Significance Of Orange
Although not a traditional Holi color, orange is commonly used today. Representing the color of the sun, orange symbolizes the beginning of a new day. Perhaps not unlike the raging fire of Holika Dahan, burning the old to bring in the new.
The festival of Holi brings with it many colors. These colors are the symbol of happiness. The colors of Holi are very special in themselves. Each color has its own different meaning. The world of colors of Holi is very breathtaking. Each color has its own meaning and significance. Colors have a deep relation not only with the body of a man but also with his state of mind. They exert their influence on physical and mental health. The festival of Holi signifies the end of winter and the arrival of summer. It comes at a time when there is an outpouring of colors in the season. The earth sheds its winter gloom and begins to blossom again. As if to mark this change, Holi fills the Indian landscape with color and invites a celebration of life.
Holi is the color of spirit -Color symbolizes the life force that makes mankind unique in the universal scheme. Holi is also a ritual of spring. Holi comes alive with the bright colors of new flowers, the glow of the summer sun with its red-gold color, adorned with the colors of Gulal. On the occasion of Holi, the markets are filled with heaps of Gulal. Shopkeepers sit on the sides of the road selling Gulal to passers-by. This powder color is made up of many rich colors like pink, magenta, red, yellow, and green. These dyes are made of small crystals or paper-like mica chips. It is usually mixed with gulal to give it a rich sheen. These colors can be used dry or mixed with water. This color is mixed with a little coconut oil and stored in a bottle. It is applied as Tilak on the forehead and cheeks of dear ones.