Holi is a famous festival if Hindus. Very simply, it is called the festival of colors because colors are highly used during this festival. It generally falls in the month of March. In Nepal, it is mostly celebrated in the Terai; nowadays it is celebrated all over the country.
This festival has cultural and religious significance. It is connected with the story of Prahlad. He was a great devotee of God Bishnu but Prahlad’s father did not like it. He tried to kill his son, Prahlad, several times but he could not. Once he ordered his sister Holika to burn him to death. She took Prahlad in her arms and sat on a great burning fire. She was once blessed not to be harmed by a fire, but that time blessing did not help her. She was killed in the fire but Prahlad was safe. Here, Holika stands for destructive evils and Prahlad signifies a true devotee. Holi festival has been celebrated as the symbol of victory of devotion and virtue over evils.
It is celebrated with great joy and enlightens. People prepare sweets and enjoy them. They also worship gods. Everybody puts on new clothes. Small and young boys and girls manage small parties, sing and dance. People smear their faces with different colors. They throw colored water on one another. All the participants get wet. Thus, the days of Holi are merry making. In order to create fun, they also exchange and crack funny jokes. Everybody forgets sorrows and feels complete happiness.
This festival has both advantages and disadvantages. This festival seems to be advantageous because people are completely happy. They can build up brotherhood, friendship, love and closeness. This festival helps people to remove quarrels, bitterness, enmity and hatred. Furthermore, people feel completely happy. They forget their sorrows. But nowadays, we can realize some drawbacks of it. Some people drink, sing vulgar songs and speak filthy language. Such misbehavior leads them to quarrels and ruins.
We can say as the conclusion that this festival is really advantageous although it has some disadvantages. People should reform it in order to avoid unpleasant and unwanted behaviour. It is expected that the educated people of the societies should play a leading role to reform it. Then it kills evil thoughts and behaviour.