When we hear about the word festival, first things that come in our minds are celebrations, happiness, spending quality time with loved ones etc. Here are few most interesting festivals being celebrated by different nations. Take a look at them.
Chinese New Year:
The New Year of China brings lots of colors and celebrations for the natives. It is the most important and significant day of the year. The use of many items is common in its celebrations i.e. lanterns, flowers, symbolic clothing, fireworks and dragons. This festival raises eyebrows of many people due to colorful events and unique rituals.
Holi, the prime festival of the Hindus, is one of the most awaited festivals awaited by the people in India. This festival is celebrated with thorough enthusiasm not only in India, but also in different corners of the world. On the event of Holi, people play with their relatives and friends and put colours on them. It is also known as Phagwah in many parts of the country. Generally, people wear old clothes in the morning or wear white clothes while playing with the colours. It is common phenomenon among the people and on a general basis, people play with water and wet colours in the morning. After getting wet in the water, it is not completed. The people prefer to play with the dry colours in the evening. They put the dry colours on the faces of their relatives and friends, which is also known as Gulaal, and wish them Happy Holi. After finally, playing with colours this day, the people have dinner with their relatives and have sweet dishes and desserts too. Read more..
This festival of colors is celebrated by the Hindus all over the world. Holi is celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna which comes somewhere in February or March. Phalguna is the last month of the winter season as well and Holi is a way to welcome the spring season. However, Holi is mainly celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil.
Although many legends are associated with its origin, the most popular one involves the demon king Hiranyakashyap, his daughter the she devil Holika and his son the pious Prahlad. Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Naarayana and had unshakeable faith in him. The demon king not happy with this situation ordered his daughter Holika to walk into a burning fire along with her brother. Holika cold not be harmed by fire but when she entered into it, contrary to everyone’s expectations, Holika was burnt to ashes while Prahlad escaped unscathed. Holi is celebrated to commemorate this victory of good over evil forces and a person’s ultimate faith in his Lord.
Holi celebrations kick off with the burning of the effigy of Holika over a huge pile of sticks collected for days on the eve of Holi. The next day, the day of Holi known as Dhuleti is a day of pure merrymaking and enjoyment. People of all ages from all walks of life throw colored powder and colored water on each other amidst the chants of Holi Hai. Singing, dancing and savoring especially made delicacies is another way to enjoy Holi.
Holi brings people together as not only Hindus but also members of other communities like Muslims and Christians take part in this joyous occasion as well.
5 Most Famous Asian Carnivals and Festivals
Asia is the largest continent in the world with hundreds of different cultures and societies living on it. It may seem obvious that there would be hundreds of carnivals and festivals all year round. Let’s look at the top five carnivals and events:The Holi Festival in India
• The Songkhran Festival in Thailand
• The Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia
• The Chinese New Year festival in ChinaThe Tet Nguyen Dan Festival in Vietnam
These five are just merely a drop in the ocean of festivals throughout the continent, chosen by focusing on the crowd gathering as the main determinant factor. The Holi Festival in India is widely celebrated around the country as well as in other Hindu-associated societies. It’s also known as the festival of colors. The Songkhran Festival in Thailand is one of the largest in the region. It marks the New Year according to the Thai traditional calendar. The Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia is a Hindu Festival celebrating the birth ofLord Muruga There is a large focus on the Batu Caves temple. The festivities in that area are attended by almost 1.5 million devotees annually. The Chinese New Year in China gets extremely colorful towards the final few days. The the lantern procession and lion dancing occur during that time. Finally, the Tet Nguyen Dan Festival in Vietnam marks the New Year according to the Vietnamese calendar.
Holi- the Indian Festival of Colors
Holi is celebrated in the Northern parts of India and heralds the arrival of spring. It is also known as the Ranga Panchami, indicating the extensive use of colors in the celebration.. When baby, Prince Prahlad, started to worship Narayana (Vishnu) as his personal God Prince Prahlad’s father, Hiranya Kashyap, sent him to be cared for by the demoness, Holika. Hiranya asked her to train the infant to worship him as God. When she reported that the child was adamant the King ordered her to jump into a huge fire carrying the child with her. Holika died in the fire, but the child Prince escaped miraculously. To commemorate the victory of Good over Evil, Holi is celebrated on Chaitra Pratipada day, i.e. “the first day of the month of Chaitra”, as per the Hindu Calendar. There are also legends depicting Lord Rama celebrating Holi with his subjects and Lord Krishna celebrating Holi with the residents of Vrindavan.
Personal interaction between persons normally separated by rules of conduct may occur during the the application of color powders and colored water. There is a mood of gay abandon and purges the mind of pent-up tensions, without the risk of stigma. The colored face provides a kind of anonymity, and everyone smears others with color or sprays them with colored liquids.
An interesting feature of Holi is that persons belonging to non-Hindu communities also join in the celebrations. Environmentalists have recently campaigned to ensure that only natural colors are used for Holi. This festival has interesting parallels in the Carnivals of some Latin American States and in Europe.