The Legend Of Holika And Prahlad

In India, Holi is the festival of color and love. On this special day people are seen playing with the colored powders called “gulal” and water balloons.

This is tradition that has been carried out for centuries on the day of Holi. Every festival generally has a legend or a story behind its celebration and same goes for Holi.

Among various legends lies the story of Holika and Prahlad and it is considered to be the main reason behind the celebration of Holi. The legend of Holika dahan shows how the good always wins over the evil and it celebrated by setting up a bonfire on the night before the day of Holi.

The legend:
As mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana, once there was a demon king whose name was Hiranyakashyap. With his power and strength he had taken control over the whole of Earth. In order to make his position more powerful, he commanded everyone to worship him and worshipping any other God was forbidden. However to his great disappointment, he found out that his only son, Prahlad, was a staunch devotee and worshipper of Lord Naarayana and would worship his father by no means.

Outraged by his son’s disobedience, he plotted various ways to kill his son but failed every time as Prahlad was saved every time by Lord Vishnu. Finally Hiranyakashyap asked his sister Holika to help him kill his son. Holika was blessed with the power to enter fire without being unaffected. He had asked Holika to enter the fire along with Prahlad on her lap. Holika treacherously tempted Prahlad to sit on her lap after which she placed her own set on the blazing fire.

As the story goes, Holika had to pay for her own sins and brought about her own death. Holika was completely unaware of the fact that the blessing would work only if she would enter the fire all by herself and not along with anyone else. On the other hand, Prahlad came out of the blazing fire completely unaffected as Lord Vishnu was highly satisfied by Prahlad’s true devotion and blessed him. Thus Holi is celebrated even today to mark the victory of the good over the evil and this festival was received its name from Prahlad’s treacherous aunt, Holika. This festival also comes with the message that if your devotion is true no force can harm you no matter how strong it is. Moreover if anyone tries to do harm to a true devotee, that person will meet his end.

The celebration:

  • This legend is marked even today in various states of India and especially in Northern India.
  • The burning of Holika for her sins is imitated even today by setting up bonfires.
  • People surround the bonfire from all sides and throe cow dung at it and shout out obscene words to it imagining it to be Holika.
  • In the states of Orissa and Gujarat, this festival is observed and people pay respect to the God of Fire, Agni, by offering harvests.
  • It is often a custom for people to take home fire from this bonfire on the last day of this festival.

Holi Messages

Spread happiness and feeling of love on this festivity of Holi with these superb and incredible Holi Messages 2019:

  1. Sending love, affection and warmth to you and your family on this special occasion. Happy Holi!
  2. May you have the most amazing Holi this year. Enjoy to the fullest and play like never before. Here’s wishing you a very happy and cheerful Holi to you and your family.
  3. May the colors of Holi bring love, wealth, luck, prosperity, warmth, laughter, happiness and good health in your life. Happy Holi.
  4. Holi is the time of spreading love and happiness. This Holi add colors to the relationships, strengthen the bonds and build a platform of understanding and undying trust. Every small relationship matters. Happy Holi.
  5. May your life get colored with the mesmerizing colors of Holi making it bright, radiant and beautiful, leaving no grey patches. Hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and family. Happy Holi!
  6. May the beautiful colors of Holi cover up all your sorrows, disappointments and heartbreaks. May it bring about a brand new and a colorful start. Here’s wishing you a wonderful Holi. Have fun!
  7. On this season of colors forget the wrongs that have been done. Not because they deserve your forgiveness but because you deserve the peace of mind. Just let go and start fresh.
  8. Let us all come together and spread love, happiness and joy on this special occasion. Let us add colors to each other’s life and reduce each other’s sorrow. Happy Holi!
  9. May your angel like face get more beautiful with the colors of Holi smeared on it and I hope with all my heart that radiant smile never leaves your face even for a fraction of a second. Hope you have a wonderful Holi.
  10. Hope all the pretty colors, water balloons, elaborate sweet dishes and old school songs can bring on some fun, frolic and sheer madness, making each and every moment worth treasuring for the rest of your life. Happy Holi.
  11. Even though it breaks my heart to think that we can’t celebrate Holi together this year, but I hope you enjoy each and every moment of this day without any regrets. Happy Holi to you!
  12. Holi makes us understand how mundane the world would be without the colors. Holi gives us new hopes. Holi gives us inspiration and motivates us to start afresh. May Holi fulfill all your dreams and aspirations. Happy Holi.
  13. May this Holi splash happiness, love, warmth and joy on your life’s canvas. Wishing you and your family a safe and a joyful Holi.
  14. This holy let us all burn down sorrows, failures and disappointments in a bonfire and spread the warmth of love. Happy Holi!
  15. Hope this year you have the best Holi of your life so far and hope you celebrate it with full vigor and passion. Happy Holi!
  16. All these bright colors of Holi remind me of your beautiful and colorful nature and how you have filled my life with the most mesmerizing colors. I hope I can do the same for you too. Happy Holi!
  17. May the colors of Holi make your life more colorful than the rainbow itself and more exotic than the flowers. May all your wishes come true and may all your sorrows get washed away. Happy Holi.
  18. Red, yellow, blue, green, orange, magenta, purple. I hope you don’t miss out on any of the colors this Holi. Indulge into the madness and play hard. Happy Holi!
  19. I won’t wish for anything else but just for your happiness on this special occasion. May you be surrounded by laughter and giggles. A very happy Holi to you!
  20. May God shower his love and affection on you and your family on this special occasion of Holi and may he bless you with wealth, prosperity and good health. Happy Holi.

Holi Quotes

Get inspired with these highly motivational Holi Quotes 2019 that can really give you the pleasure and peace of mind.

  1. “Holi is the day to express love with colors – all the colors, each with its own trait, to add a new feather in the walk of your life. Holi is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love.”
  2. “Dipped in hues of love and trust has come the festival of Holi.”
  3. “Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time expresses the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors.”
  4. “Make merry with colors on Holi and the rest of the days with the colors of love.”
  5. “From the lanes of Mathura and Vridavana, the colors of Holi have spread all over the country. These colors also carry the message of love, brotherhood, and truth. So whenever you splash Holi colors on somebody, you give him a promise of being truthful towards him always, maintain brotherhood with him lifelong and shower him with all the possible love throughout your life.”
  6. “The dominant idea behind Holi festival is that we should live more in harmony with nature instead of trying to destroy her and make her our slave.”
  7. “Holi is not only about colors and sweets. It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that ‘Truth and Humanity are invincible forces in the Universe.”
  8. “No religion makes more use of color than Hinduism, with its blue-skinned gods and peony-lipped goddesses, and even the spring festival of Holi is focused on color: Boys squirt arcs of dyed water on passersby or dump powder, all violently hued, on their marks.”- Hanya Yanagihara
  9. “Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs are the ingredients of perfect Holi.”
  10. “Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of color.”
  11. “Holi is the time to unwind, De-stress and bond with sweets, Thandai and colors.”
  12. “Festivals are founders of life and the Holi is the best exponent of it. So, enjoy the festival of colors with water.”
  13.  “Lift a bucket. Fill the balloons. Just aim it right and throw it with a vroom!”
  14. “On this day let the color shower love which dwells in our hearts. Let’s sing along together the ballad of love.”
  15. “Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness and bathe everyone in colors of joy, love and prosperity”
  16. “All are child inside and this festival will bring out the child in us. So, let’s celebrate the color festival.”
  17. “Holi is the Holy day to express our life with colors. It is time to throw colors and water balloons on our loved ones.”
  18. “Holi is the day to forget our sorrows and build our bond with family and friends very tightly.”
  19. “Let this festival burn all negativity and bring positivity in life. Celebrate it with vibrant colors.”
  20. “Holi is a special time of year to remember those who are close to our hearts with splashing colors!”

Holi Songs

Check out the list of these phenomenal Holi Songs 2019 that express the culture, tradition and joy of this amazing festival:

  1. Khelo Rang Humare Sang- Aan (1953)

This colorful Holi Song is taken from India’s first Technicolor film and has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum. This song efficiently portrays the playfulness of this festival as the lead actress is playing Holi and throws away her color smeared scarf into the air.

  1. Holi Aayi Pyaari Pyaari Bhar Pichkari- Pooja (1954)

This is a very melodious song sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi and composed by Shankar Jaikishan. Pictured on the lead actors Purnima and Bharat Bhushan, this song is set in a rustic background and takes you to that very setting while you are listening to this beautiful song.

  1. Mat Maaro Shyam Pichkari- Durgesh Nandini (1956)

This dripping with romance Holi song has been composed by Hemant Kumar and sung by none other than Lata Mangeshkar. Pictured on the ever elegant Bina Rai and Pradeep Kumar, this composition with its hint of classical music will tug at your heart strings surely.

  1. Holi Aayi Re Kanhai Rang Barse- Mother India (1958)

This lively Holi song sung by Shamshad Begum was aired in India’s iconic film that was the first of its kind to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards in 1958. Pictured on the actors Nargis and Raaj Kumar, this song captures the time when they are free from worries and happy with their lives before being captured by poverty.

  1. Are Jare Natkhat- Navrang (1959)

This song has been sung by Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor. This song is one of Bollywood’s best solo dance sequences based on a backdrop of Holi and features Sandhya who plays both the wife and the imaginary muse of Mahipal in the film.

  1. Tan Rang Lo Ji Aaj Man Rang Lo- Kohinoor (1960)

This is a Holi song set in a royal backdrop where the actors Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari play a prince and a princess to joyously celebrate this fun festival of colors. This song is composed by one of Bollywood’s most influential composers Naushad and sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar.

  1. Holi Khelat Nandlal- Godaan (1963)

This film was a critically acclaimed piece of work and this song was the touch of Holi in it. This song gives the essence of folk music of rural India composed by the sitar maestro none other than Pandit Ravi Shankar and sung by Mohammad Rafi. Pictured on only men and no woman, this song still holds a golden place in every heart.

  1. Aaj Na Chhodenge-Kati Patang (1970)

Anand Bakshi’s lyrics, Kishore Kumar’s naughty voice and R D Burman’s music all adds to the mood and light heartedness of the song which stars Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna. Here, the actor is teasing the actress and pursuing her to play Holi while using the catchy phrase “Bura Na Maano Holi Hai” which became popular after this song.

  1. Holi Re Holi Rango Ki Holi- Paraya Dhan (1971)

Composed by Rahul Dev Burman and sung by Manna Dey, this song is set in a backdrop of rural India starring Hema Malini. This song showcases a scene where the people of the village are chasing her to throw colors on her in the spirit of the festival.

  1. Holi Ke Din- Sholay (1975)

One of the most iconic Bollywood films ‘Sholay” had this immensely vibrant and colorful Holi song starring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bacchan, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri. Composed by the outstanding R.D. Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, this song shows Holi essentials like “Gulal” and “Pichkiris” being sprayed into the air while the people of the village tance to the energetic tune.

  1. Holi Aayee Re Mastano Ki Toli- Zakhmee (1975)

This Holi song is not of a happy and joyous mood but has a rather dark and sombre mood. This song composed by Ravindra Jain and sung by Jaspal Singh, Suresh Wadkar and Hemlata, features the lead actor of the film Sunil Dutt beat his ‘dafli’ and takes an oath to take revenge on all those who has done wrong with him.

  1. Rang Barse Bheegi Chunarwali- Silsila (1981)

This is without any doubt one of the most famous Holi songs of all time and captures the essence of the tradition of drinking ‘Bhang’ and going tipsy on this day. This song is composed by Shiv Hari and sung by Amitabh Bacchan himself as he becomes tipsy and flirts with old lover Rekha as his wife and Rekha’s husband are standing shocked.

  1. Holi Aayi, Holi Aayi- Mashaal (1984)

This holi song is set in the lower middle class ‘bastis’ and ‘chawls’ of aamchi Mumbai as Anil Kapoor tries very hard to impress Rati Agnihotri on this fun and colorful occasion. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor and composed by Hridayanath Mangeshkar, this song is one of our absolute favorites.

  1. Ang Se Ang Lagana- Darr (1993)

Underneath all the colors and excitement, there’s an underlying fear and creepiness as the stalker Shahrukh Khan camouflages to get near to Juhi Chawla. Nonetheless, it’s an enjoyable holi number composed by Shiv Hari and sung by Alka Yagnik and Vinod Rathore.

  1. Soni Soni- Mohabbatein (2000)

A hit song of the 2000’s, composed by Jatin Lalit and sung by an array of singers, it revolves around three young couples as their mentor Shahrukh Khan help them to get out of their strict school and come to the town to celebrate Holi with their love interest.

  1. Holi Khele Raghuveera Awadh Mein- Baghban (2003)

In this song, Amitabh Bacchan, Hema Malini along with their four onscreen sons get together at their family house to celebrate this festival of color with great pomp and splendor. Composed by the very talented Aadesh Srivastav, it’s sung by Amitabh Bacchan, Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh and Udit Narayan.

  1. Dekho Aayi Holi- Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

Composed by the music maestro A.R. Rahman and sung by multiple singers, this song is set in a colorful, rustic, historical background where Amir Khan playing the role of Mangal Pandey plays Holi with his love interest Rani Mukherjee and the rest of the villagers.

  1. Do Me A Favor Let’s Play Holi- Waqt: A Race Against Time (2005)

Quite an extravagant and grand affair, this song shot Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra in hues of pink gulaal. This song has a romantic yet mischievous essence and is sung by Anu Malik and Sunidhi Chauhan.

  1. Balam Pichkari- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

This song has the perfect fast and peppy beats coupled with the rocking voice of Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade. Composed by Pritam, this song speaks out Holi in loud volumes.

  1. Lahu Munh Lag Gaya- Ram Leela (2014)

Set in the backdrop of the festivity atmosphere of Gujrat, this sensual yet vibrant number is pictured on Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone smearing color on their self, imagining it to be other person. Composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and sung by Shail Hada, this song has occupied its place on the Holi playlists every year.

Holi Greetings

Holi Greetings 2019 are the best way to express your joy, warmth and affection to your dear ones on the great festival of colours.

Check out some of the mind blowing greetings of Holi and send them to your friends or relatives:

  1. May this festival color your heart and life with all the vibrant colors of the world filling in hues of togetherness, joy and smiles. Happy Holi!
  2. Splashing wishes and colors into your life this year, Happy Holi!
  3. May this Holi gift you a lot of sweet and colorful memories to cherish forever. Happy Holi!
  4. Let’s burn up all the pride, greed and negativity of our lives while breeding positivity and a fresh beginning this Holi. Happy Holi!
  5. May every color of the rainbow bring in different shades of happiness into your life and you remember this Holi for all the right reasons throughout your life. Happy Holi!
  6. Hope this Holi gifts you with a lot of uninhibited smiles and also lets you gift this smile to all those around you. Happy Holi!
  7. May your Holi have all the fun elements starting from water balloons to colorful ‘gullal’ to delicious sweets and most of all the cheerful spirit. Happy Holi!
  8. May this Holi welcome into your life renewed happiness, love, luck and wealth from all spheres of life. Happy Holi!
  9. Let this Holi use its vibrant colors to paint the canvas of your life with brightness and erase out all the dullness. Happy Holi!
  10. May you enjoy your Holi in the brightest and vivid shades of color and even after Holi ends, these colors remain in your life painting a beautiful world for you. Happy Holi!
  11. May the light of this Holi illuminate your path towards success and fame. Happy Holi!
  12. May the color balloons of this Holi splatter color and brightness all over your life and existence. Happy Holi!
  13. Every shade of color in Holi speaks volumes about how beautiful our bond is. Happy Holi!
  14. Let all the colors be smeared on your face this Holi and hope God adds more colors to your life. Happy Holi!
  15. Hope you enjoy the most colorful day of the year to the fullest and leave behind no regrets or unfulfilled wishes. Happy Holi!
  16. Holi is the day when we express our emotions and unspoken words with the help of colors. So throw as much water balloons or smear as much color as you want on your loved ones. Happy Holi!
  17. On this day, forget your sorrows and welcome new happiness with open arms. Happy Holi!
  18. If wishes came in the colors of the rainbow then I would send one in each of the seven shades for you. Happy Holi!
  19. May God bless you with all the colors whether that’s of joy or friendship or love or of anything that you desire for. Happy Holi!
  20. Life like Holi is the most colorful festival. So enjoy to the fullest and live it on your terms. Happy Holi!