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Festival in Colours- Hyderabad Holi మార్చి 21, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Hyderabad, Telangana Festivals.

Colours of the city

Discover how different communities in the city celebrate Holi with RENUKA VIJAY KUMAR

RAINBOW RAZZMATAZZ Holi brings together people from different communities Photo: K. Murali

No other festival in India can match the vigour, vibrancy and colourfulness of Holi. And perhaps no other brings together so many people from different religions, castes and communities in India. Essentially a North Indian festival, it has been a while since the festival’s presence has been felt in South India.

Today, Gujaratis, Marwaris, Sindhis, Punjabis and Bengalis in the city have still retained their customs and bring in the festival in their own colourful way. Here’s a glimpse into how the city celebrates the festival.

Marwaris and Sindhis buy new clothes and many of them wear white clothes and smear each other with colour. White is symbolic of purity and Holi signifies new beginnings as well. In some places, Holi is celebrated over a span of five days and the fifth day or the day of pancharangani end the celebrations. A bonfire or a Holika is held on the eve of the festival and this ritual includes a lot of merrymaking. Coconuts and coins are thrown in the fire, while barley seeds are roasted in it. Even today, some people believe that the direction of the flames or the colour of the roasted seeds will predict the harvest of the season.

Punjabis too burn a Holika and by afternoon, all celebrations end with people trooping back to their houses for a bath. Traditional sweets like Ghiya, Puran Poli and Gujjia are made by these communities and are served many days before the main festival itself.

People celebrate the festival with colours, as it is believed that Lord Krishna splashed colour on Radha and the other gopikas. Others celebrate the burning of Holika, the aunt of Prahlad, a Vishnu bhakt, who tried to kill her nephew on her brothers’ insistence by sitting with him in a fire. Fortunately, the boy was saved and Holika was charred to death. Therefore the symbolism of evil getting destroyed by fire. A third and relatively unknown theory about the festival is that Kama (the god of love) was sent to induce lust in Lord Shiva. Kama shot his arrow and Shiva opened his third eye and burnt him to ashes. That’s why Holi is also referred to as Kamadahana— to celebrate the victory over lust. Mango blossoms and sandalwood paste are offered in remembrance of Kama.

Rahul Singhal of the Aggarwal Samaj explains that his community brings in the festival by having a Holika Behan (the fire) one day before and the next day, which is also called Dhulendi, the main festival is celebrated. This year, they have planned celebrations outdoors and will also call on close friends.

“Everybody brings in food items to the celebrations.”

The Bengalis celebrate a Dolayatra during Holi in which idols are placed on swings while men and women dance, sing and play around. Bengalis in the city still try to retain that custom. One thing remains, however you may celebrate the festival, it is a beautiful way to bring people from different communities and cultures together.

source: The Hindu, March 15, 2006


Double dhamaka Holi for the city

Special Correspondent

Festival shifts to Sunday on account of lunar eclipse

  • HOLI RANG LAYE: It was all song and dance for youth on the occasion of the festival of colours in the city on Saturday.– PHOTO: SATISH. H

    HYDERABAD: The confusion over Holi celebration has led to the revelry getting stretched over two days, viz. Saturday and Sunday.

    Though the State Government declared a holiday on Saturday, people in several places reserved the `gulal’ (colour) for Sunday. The lunar eclipse on Saturday had much to do with the postponement of the festival of colours. As the eclipse is considered inauspicious, several people chose to celebrate the festival on Sunday.

    All temples in the State were closed from Saturday evening owing to the eclipse. They will be opened on Sunday morning after the ritualistic cleansing.

    The traditional bonfire (kamudu) was delayed on the streets of the State capital as a result of the postponement. The dry day for liquor shops, that was earlier restricted to Saturday, has been extended by one more day.

    Holi milan

    Notwithstanding these changes, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) went ahead with `Holi milan’ on Osmania University campus in a big way. Not a single police constable was around in view of the bitter experience of last year when a confrontation broke out between the revellers and the police force. Artistes of Telangana Dhoom Dham staged performances in front of the Arts College on the campus in the evening.

    Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu joined the celebrations at NTR Bhavan, the party headquarters. Tribal youth draped in colours played `kolatam’ encircling Mr. Naidu who also tried his hand at the dance.

  • source: The Hindu, March 4, 2007

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    1. preethi reddy aaaa - మార్చి 31, 2008

    jai telanagna
    go hard

    2. kranthi - ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2008
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    jai telangana jai jai telangana


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