Yamgo TV takes a look at the origins of the Holi Festival and the things you can expect to see this year.
Every year thousands of people take to the streets of India to engage in glorious and colourful celebrations for “Holi” otherwise know as The Festival of Colours. Over the course of two days, large crowds gather in the streets around big fires and piles of brightly coloured powders. Those taking part in Holi throw the coloured powders and water at one another, the powders signifying the changing colours of the seasons from Winter to Spring.
The Holi festival is celebrated for various reasons. Firstly it celebrates the beginning of Spring and a new season, it is thought of as a way to embrace the bright colours of Spring whilst also saying goodbye to the Winter months. On the previous evening of the festival, celebrants burn branches from dead trees, Hindu’s believe that during this fire they also burn their bad thoughts and desires so that they can start afresh the following day-which is when the coloured powder is introduced to the crowds.
Holi also celebrates an ancient story from Hindu mythology and religion. The story is about Hiranyakashipu who was the great king of demons. Hiranyakashipu had been granted a blessing by Lord Brahma which meant it was near impossible for him to be killed. Soon, Hiranyakashipu became arrogant with his ability and attacked both earth and the heavens, demanding that people should worship him instead of the gods.
However, Hiranyakashipu’s son, Prahlada, was a worshipper of Vishnu. Despite receiving threats from Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada continued offering prayers to Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu decided to poison Prahlada, but the poison turned to nectar in his mouth. Hiranyakashipu then ordered for his son to be trampled by elephants and when that failed he was locked in a room with poisonous snakes, but Prahlada survived yet again. Finally, Hiranyakashipu ordered Prahlada to sit on a pyre in the lap of Hiranyakashipu’s demoness sister-Holika. Holika, like Hiranyakashipu, also had a blessing which meant she could not be burned or killed by fire. Prahlada accepted his father’s orders but prayed to Vishnu to protect him. The fire started and the crowds watched in amazement as Holika burnt to death, while Prahlada survived unharmed. The salvation of Prahlada and burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.
This year, Yamgo is pleased to announce that Holi will feature on several of the Yamgo TV channels, which means you can watch all the festivities on your mobile phone, no matter where you are! Here’s a list of some of the upcoming Holi special episodes you can find on Yamgo…
triamcinolone buy online Zing Zing will be celebrating Holi in true British-Asian style on the programme Cloud 9. The Cloud 9 series will celebrate the Festival of Colours from the different points of view of the shows characters…
Workaholic Simran who has recently recovered from a health scare will be seen sharing her appreciation for life by celebrating with her family and friends with a pooja at her home.
Carefree lad Johnny will see his strained relationship with his grandmother improving with the fun of the festival as he is persuaded to explore his culture.
Meanwhile, the other youngsters- Archy, Peter, Harri and Ben; are seen joining in with the festivities too. However not everything goes to plan and the celebration turns to drama as the relationships of the characters takes a twist!
You can watch Cloud 9, Monday to Friday at 6:30pm and 10:30pm and enjoy the Holi Special on Wednesday 27 March.
9XM have created a special and unique video especially for you to enjoy for Holi. The video, which is appropriately titled Color Everywhere! – Haq Se! Is jam- packed with colourful and entertaining scenes that celebrate the Festival of Colors in true style.
If you tune into 9X Jalwa you’ll find a brand new episode of Mr Halkat and Mr Sawaal. The crazy duo will be entertaining you with their hilarious antics and funny ideas about the festival of Holi.
Also don’t forget to tune into India TV and Aaj Tak on Yamgo to find out all the latest pictures and headlines from those celebrating Holi around the world including your favourite Bollywood celebrities.
We hope you enjoyed this blog about Holi, it would be great to hear from you so why not let us know how you plan to celebrate Holi in the comments box below!