One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated. Play of Colors Holi FestivalGreat excitement can be seen in people on the next day when it is actually the time for the play of colours. Shops and offices remain closed for the day and people get all the time to get crazy and whacky. Bright colours of gulal and abeer fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other. Children take special delight in spraying colours on one another with their pichkaris and throwing water balloons and passers by. Women and senior citizen form groups called tolis and move in colonies – applying colours and exchanging greetings. A festival of colors, Holi is the most celebrated festival all over India and specially in Maharashtra where the celebrities from the bollywood add to its charm by the music and dance events that go all the night. Holi is celebrate as a triumph of good over evil and is marked by adding the colors of festivity to all nears and dears. Declaring the end of the winters an important ritual is associated with this festival which is commonly known as ‘burning of Holi’ held on the previous night of Holi. This night event starts with the burning the fuel wood on the street squares and all people offer prayers while revolving around the fire. This is the start of celebration and continues till the time all people are tired but happy with the celebrations. Some sweets are exclusively made on this festival and the drink locally known as bhang is very famous for Holi festival.Songs, dance on the rhythm of dholak and mouthwatering Holi delicacies are the other highlights of the day.Mumbai is a land of festivals. It has a vibrant atmosphere. Holi is a major festival in Mumbai and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is usually celebrated in the month of March i.e. Phalgun. Holi festival is an indication of summer. People from all religions, caste and creeds come together and celebrate this festival. This festival strengthens our culture of secularism. That is why this festival is regarded as the friendliest festival. It is a fun-filled festival. It is indeed a colorful festival. People throw colored water, sing, and dance during this festival. People generally wear disposable clothes when they are playing Holi.Many legends are associated with this festival. One of them is life of Lord Krishna. Krishna was a prankster. During His childhood days Krishna was fond of dairy products, especially butter. He would steal butter that was stored in pots in their neighbours home.
Holi Festival Celebration In Mumbai:
This legend is remembered by hanging a potful of buttermilk during Holi. Men clamber on top of one another and try to reach the pot. One that succeeds in breaking the pot is named Holi King of that year.Doing such things revives Acts of Krishna. Physically challenged people also actively take part in this festival. Even Bollywood celebrities play with color during this festival. Holi is a major festival in Mumbai and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is usually celebrated in the month of March i.e. Phalgun. Holi festival is an indication of summer. People from all religions, caste and creeds come together and celebrate this festival. This festival strengthens our culture of secularism. That is why this festival is regarded as the friendliest festival. It is a fun-filled festival. It is indeed a colorful festival. People throw colored water, sing, and dance during this festival. People generally wear disposable clothes when they are playing Holi… …Even Bollywood celebrities play with color during this festival. The color, gaiety and joy associated with this Holi festival change the lives of many in Mumbai. The Holi Festival of Mumbai brings happiness, prosperity and peace to everyone. On this occasion people in Mumbai send sweets, gift articles to each other. During this festival people of Mumbai wipe colors and spray water on each other. Holi gives a break from hectic life of Mumbai. The Mumbai Holi festival is a chance to renew love, to recharge your energy.An atmosphere of oneness prevails in Mumbai during this colorful Holi festival.The color, gaiety and joy associated with this Holi festival change the lives of many in Mumbai. The Holi Festival of Mumbai brings happiness, prosperity and peace to everyone. On this occasion people in Mumbai send sweets, gift articles to each other. During this festival people of Mumbai wipe colors and spray water on each other. Holi gives a break from hectic life of Mumbai. The Mumbai Holi festival is a chance to renew love, to recharge your energy.An atmosphere of oneness prevails in Mumbai during this colorful Holi festival.
Holi Festival Celebration By Bollywood Celebrities:
The Mumbai Holi festival is a chance to renew love, to recharge your energy.An atmosphere of oneness prevails in Mumbai during this colorful Holi festival.
Bollywood Actress on Holi Festival:
If the harmful chemicals of the Holi colours are restricting you to enjoy the spirit of the festival then follow the hair and skin care regime of celebrities and throw caution to the wind and have a fun-filled Holi
Deepika Padukone, Bollywood Actress
I always celebrate Holi but unfortunately as I am shooting the next day, this year I will be unable to participate in the festivities. Holi as a child was really fun and I can recall playing Holi when I was in school with my friends in my building. Though I thoroughly enjoy playing with colours I use coconut oil to ensure that my skin and hair remain safe.
Anushka Sharma, Bollywood Actress
I have always loved Holi because of the energy it possesses, the joy it brings and the colours it adds. However, in all the madness of gulal, water balloons and pichkaris, one should still be careful. I have always enjoyed Holi and to enjoy it in all it’s colours I make sure to oil my hair with coconut oil before going out to play. Applying coconut hair oil on your scalp acts as a barrier and prevents colours from directly coming in contact with hair and will lessen the damage. After the celebration, it is important to wash off the colours from the hair with a good shampoo and conditioner. If hair gets dry then warm oil accompanied with hot towel treatment should be taken the next day. This will help the hair to retain its lustre.
Esha Deol, Bollywood Actress
I associate Holi with lots of fun and having a wild time. I played Holi a lot as a kid and we used to go really wild. I remember throwing eggs at people and once I ended up pelting a police person and had to go to the police station. I have definitely sobered down now, but still thoroughly enjoying this festival. Our first ritual is to put colour on Lord Krishna’s murti, before we start playing. Applying coconut oil on my hair before playing is also one of the rituals for me.
Avika Gor, TV actor
I love playing Holi and do so with great pride. This year I plan to colour everyone around me, as I feel no one should be left clean. Holi is a festival of colours and it’s meaningless without it. However, I ensure that my hair remains safe by applying coconut oil.
Diana Hayden, model / TV actor
Holi to me means lots of fun and also it’s one festival that transcends all religion and castes. This year I plan to go to a friend’s bungalow at Madh Island. I remember having a blast as a child. It was great fun with the pichkaris and colours. I used to play with my brother and his friends. I clearly remember that as I got a little older I became conscious of playing with the boys. I had locked myself on the terrace but they broke down the door and got me all coloured. It was riotous.
I have no fears about Holi. I think Holi is meaningless without stains. However, I recommend that one can oil their hair as a precaution. Some colours are so harmful, so I recommend moisturising the body with coconut or olive oil.
Vidya Malvade, TV actor
I am totally looking forward to Holi this year since it happens to be my first Holi after my wedding. My husband and his family have plans to drench me in colour of their love and tradition. The best way to take care of skin and hair is to apply loads of oil, so that the colour does not stick. I feel coconut oil is a good option.
Aarti Chhabria, model-turned-film actor, Bollywood Actress
I love playing Holi. This year’s Holi celebration would be with my family and close friends. As a kid I used to play Holi with water-balloons, but now due to the water shortage we can’t do that. However, I still have loads of fun and frolic and keep the spirit of the festival alive. As far as my skin and hair is concerned I just oil my hair with coconut oil before playing Holi because colours come off easily from oily surfaces.
Pooja Bedi, film/TV actor
For me, Holi is a colourful, crazy, messy, fun-filled and ecstatic festival. However, sometimes the constant exposure to the sun and oodles of colour on your body and hair can have harm effects. In order to keep it at a bay, I play Holi with safe colours and plaster my hair and body with lots of coconut oil. It protects the skin and hair against the harmful colours. Post Holi I scrub off the colour with warm water and moisturise my skin very well.
Divya Dutta, film / TV actor
Right from my childhood I am a dedicated Holi player. I love going to Shabanaji’s Holi party as it has some great music, food and of course, colour. I love the entire feel and mood of Holi. To protect my hair and skin I follow nani maa’s nuska of applying coconut oil. Prior to the Holi celebration I oil my hair and skin properly, so the colour doesn’t stick for long. After the celebration is over then I remove the colours with oil and cleanser.
Narayani Shastri, TV actor
Holi is the only festival that I actually celebrate. The celebration is about hopping from one party to another and finally settling with family and close friends. As such I do not have any fears related to Holi since we play Holi with safe colours like gulal and herbal colours. I just oil my hair and face with coconut oil. It is like a coating of safety. After the celebration, it’s important to wash off the colour from the hair and body thoroughly and let it stay without any make up as it will help the skin to breathe.
Shilpa Saklani, TV actor
I enjoy playing Holi. But, as of now I haven’t made any plans for this year’s Holi celebration. In order to protect my hair from the harmful chemicals present in some colours I apply a mix of coconut and castor oil and for the skin I just use a good moisturiser, it does the trick!
Kanchi Kaul, TV actor
I love playing Holi as it’s good fun. This Holi I plan to celebrate at one of my friend’s place. I don’t fear any skin or hair damage since of late people have started playing Holi with organic colours. For the sake of precaution I oil my hair and body with thick coconut oil. The oil coating really helps in taking out the colour.
Holi in Film Industry:
No other industry has been so influenced by Holi as much as Bollywood. Creative as they are, big actors and actress have made it a point to enjoy to the hilt when it comes to Holi. In fact, Holi at RK Studio is as famous in Mumbai as that of Mathura in UP. Also, much popular is the Holi at Pratiksha, the famous residence of megastar, Amitabh Bachchan. The trend of Holi celebration in film industry was initiated by showman Raj Kapoor, who started Holi celebration in a big way at his studio. A large number of industry people would gather there and play holi, making it a star-studded event. The tradition that was followed was that anybody who came would first be greeted with a dip in the pool of coloured water. Kapoors also took care that women were treated with dignity and nobody misbehaved with them. Holi at RK Studio continues to be an event to watch in Mumbai as the next generation of Kapoors have made it a point to continue with the tradition. Equally famous now is the Holi celebration organised by Bollywood’s much loved megastar, popularly called Big B. It seems he still feels drenched in the success of his Holi song Rang Barse and later..Holi khele Raghubeera so much so that he has made it a point to mark the festival in a big way. Holi celebration at his residence, Pratiksha in Mumbai’s north-western suburb of Juhu has now gained immense popularity and almost everybody who matters is personally invited. Mr and Mrs Bachchan are reconised as superb hosts and everybody look forward to enjoy Holi with them. After a bath in pool of colour waters, people wash themselves in showers, specially installed in the garden. Mouthwatering holi delicacies, exotic drinks laced with bhang, songs, dance and lot of fun mark the Holi there.
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