Below we have provided three paragraphs on Holi festival, written in easy and simple words for classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 students.
Paragraph on Holi – 150 Words
One of the most celebrated Hindu festivals in the South-Asian countries is Holi. This festival marks the beginning of spring and the end of winter. Holi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his devotee Prahlada. The main objective of Holi is to spread happiness and joy with its customs and traditions. People are seen chasing each other with ‘gulaal’ in their hands; children are seen playing with water balloons and spraying each other with water guns filled with watercolour.
Drenched in water and covered in gulaal, people move on to the next phase of the festival, which is incomplete without sweets, snacks, and drinks. No party is complete without music, and adults, as well as children, are seen dancing to the Holi beats. The festival comes to an end with people filled to the brim with satisfaction to have spent a fun day with their friends, family, and relatives.
Paragraph on Holi – 300 Words
The ‘Festival of Colours’ or Holi is a festival which as per the name, paints our grey lives with a bit of colour and joy. Holi is celebrated in March according to the Gregorian calendar. Not only is this festival popular in India but also has spread to different regions of Asia and western countries. Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil and signifies the beginning of the harvest season.
Holi is mainly celebrated for five days and ends with Rang Panchami. But different states have different ways and duration of celebration- some celebrate it for three days and some for more than a week. Holi starts in the evening on a full moon day (Purnima). In most places, the first day of celebration is known as ‘Chhoti Holi’ and the second day as ‘Badi Holi’.
This festival is known to be dedicated to different deities. Still, most people believe it is dedicated to Prahlada, a devotee of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Prahlada, the son of Hiranyakashipu, was tricked into sitting in a pit of fire by his aunt Holika. Holika was immune to fire and had a cloak which protected her from it. However, while they sat in the fire, the cloak covered Prahlada, and he survived while Holika perished.
This is how the festival signifies the triumph of the virtuous over evil. On this day, people are seen wearing white as a way of highlighting the colours they play with. Children are seen on the grounds running after each other with water guns, and grown-ups are seen smearing ‘gulaal’ on each other’s faces. Sweets like ‘Gujiya’, ‘Malpua’, snacks like ‘Nimki’ are made. People are also seen drinking ‘Bhang’, which is made with Cannabis.
After the celebration, people dress up and visit their friends and relatives. There is no doubt that Holi is a party festival. Still, people don’t forget to visit temples and worship the Gods and Goddesses even during the celebration. Hence this festival, which is celebrated worldwide, is a medium of spreading happiness and preaches the message of togetherness amongst people.
Paragraph on Holi – 500 Words
Holi, which also goes by the names ‘Festival of Colours’ and ‘Festival of Love’ is a famous Hindu festival but is celebrated by all religions regardless. The first celebration of Holi dates back to the 4th century and with time spread to the regions of North America and Europe. This festival which falls in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu calendar, stands for laughter, pleasure, joy, and creating long-lasting memories.
Rituals of Holi
Holi is celebrated in different ways in various parts of the world. Holi starts in the evening of Purnima (full moon) which is called ‘Choti Holi’ or ‘Holika Dahan’. There is a pyre which is dedicated to demoness Holika. People are seen sitting around the bonfire murmuring prayers and also singing and dancing around it. This Dahan signifies the cleansing of the world and the destruction of all evil.
The main attraction of Holi is playing with colours, hence the name ‘Festival of Colours’. In the beginning, colours made with natural ingredients like neem, turmeric, and kumkum were used. These days’ chemicals are widely used to create colours. People are seen throwing ‘gulaal’ and having water fights in roads, homes, and front of temples.
People throw colours not only at their friends and family but also strangers. Dholaks are played, and people are seen dancing to the beats of the drums. The celebration proceeds with a lot of food and drinks. People gather and have delicacies like ‘mathri’, ‘gujiya’, and ‘malpua’. Cold beverages and drinks made with marijuana are also distributed.
Holi Celebration in Northern and Southern Regions
In the Braj region of Uttar Pradesh, which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Holi is celebrated for more than a week. Local people are seen enacting scenes of Holi for the entertainment of visitors in the Gulal-Kund region. Processions with decorated vehicles and children dressed up as Radha and Krishna are seen in the Mathura region.
The biggest celebration of Holi is seen at the Dwarkadheesh temple in Mathura. In West Bengal, Holi is celebrated with a lot of colours and people visit temples to worship the love of Krishna and Radha; hence, the name ‘The festival of Love’.
In South India, people celebrate Holi by worshipping the Love God of Indian Mythology, Kamadeva. Holi here goes by the names Madan Mahotsav or Kama Mahotsav. On this day, people are seen singing songs dedicated to Kamadeva and his wife, Rati. It is believed that Kamadeva shot his arrow at Lord Shiva to break him from his meditation and take part in the affairs of the world.
No matter the name it goes by, Holi is a festival which focuses on spreading love, happiness, and signifies freedom from our hectic schedules even if it is for a short period. Although this festival is celebrated with different intensity by different states, through this festival, enemies become friends, and the bond between friends and families become stronger. Holi gives us something to look forward to in between the mundane days of our lives. It ultimately instils a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction in us before we go back to our daily lives.