Holi Aayi! The festival of colors has once again arrived to enchant everyone’s life with happiness and bliss. This festival has been a favorite among all for it signifies good harvest and the onset of Spring. It brings with it hope and love. Most importantly, it’s also the perfect excuse for all to let go of the usual conservative inhibitions and play with all your heart like the child you really are deep within.
The legend behind this holi festival
Like all Indian festivals, Holi too has a very powerful story behind it. During the reign of Hiranyakashipu, it was prohibited to chant god’s name for he (Hiranyakashipu) wanted his subjects to only chant his name. The reason behind his god complex was the boon he received from Lord Brahma, according to which he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air. His son, Prahlad, disagreed with this outlook and continued to praise the name of Lord Narayana, which further angered his father. Thus, Hiranyakashipu resolved to kill him.
In one of the many attempts on Prahlad’s life, Hiranyakashipu asked his sister, Holika, to kill Prahlad. Holika too had received a boon, like her brother, that made her immune to fire. Hence, she asked Prahlad to sit on her lap atop a Bon fire with the intention of burning him. What she didn’t realize, until it was too late, was that the boon worked only when she was alone. Hence, as the fire started, Holika burned to her death. Prahlad, on the other hand, prayed earnestly, due to which he was unscathed under the protection of Lord Narayana. Thus, the moral of the story signifies the victory of good over evil, which is the basis for celebrating Holi.
Jaro, like with every occasion, celebrated Holi with joy, merriment, and fun. It was a carnival of colors at jaro education where everyone, from accounts and marketing to HR, participated in this holy festival and spread the message of love and unity. “Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai” was the mantra on everyone’s lips, which encouraged even the shy ones to join the games and the celebrations. Applying colors to unsuspecting friends and running away from those attempting to do the same made sure everyone was on their feet, dashing and playfully running to a game of Tag (or Pakda Pakdi). Sweets, the main feature of every Indian festival, was welcomed with open hands, or should I say open mouths. Hence, while many were gorging on delicious Jalebis, many were running with handful of colors, making the Jalebi bais and bhaiyas run helter-skelter for safety from the upcoming color bombs. It was a very funny sight to behold. After this, everyone gave up their seconds and thirdsies of Jalebis and gathered to play chain tag, kho-khos, and many other games till exhaustion took over.
This was truly a very fun and interesting day for all got to witness everyone’s more fun and playful avatar. The true spirit of Holi, which signifies love, friendship, mutual respect, and acceptance of all, despite the difference in religion and cultural background, predominantly prevailed at jaro education. This truly is the jaro essence in all of us.