Every year, Holi is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm across the country. People prepare a variety of mouth-watering sweets and savouries to soak into the colours of joy. Also known as the festival of love, Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil. Through the medium of television and cinema, we have been introduced to the magnitude of Holi celebrations in different regions. Splashing a hue of colours, are &TV artists, sharing various customs and traditions associated with Holi alongside many other aspects of this festival of colours!
Rango Ka Mahatv Samjhaati Holi
Colours represent feelings, mood, and energy. Every colour emits a different wavelength of energy and vibe, and this is what sets this festive spirit of 'Holi' apart from others. Giving us more details, Gracy Singh, who essays the role of Santoshi Maa & TV's Santosh Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein, shares, "Holi is one of my favourite festivals because of so many reasons. Apart from the excitement of smearing your loved ones with gulaal, the festival also teaches us the importance of colours in our lives. Since childhood, I have always liked to know how these festivals connect with us on a spiritual level, and this practises never fails to amuse me even today."
Apno Ki Yaad Dilaati Holi
Everyone has a favourite colour or two! These could be their lucky colours or simply that colours brighten their moods, lifts their spirits, or even invoke emotions. Yogesh Tripathi, who plays Daroga Happu Singh in & TV's Happu Ki Ultan Paltan, shares, "Holi reminds me of my childhood days when the entire family would get together and prepare for the festival. With sweets made of desi ghee and khoya to keeping ready the colourful plate of gulaal, we all had fun taking part in all the chores. I miss my mother at every festival, but it is during Holi that I miss her the most! It is because of her that Yellow became my permanent favourite colour. When my mother was battling cancer, she knitted a yellow sweater for me, and since then, it has become my most precious gift, and yellow as colour is very close to my heart."
Kiske Bina Adhuri Hai Ye Holi?
Every festival has few elements jiske bina tyohaar ka mazaa adhura reh jaata hai. Sharing what completes the Holi experience is actor Manoj Tiwari of & TV's Mauka-E-Vardaat, "Sweets, savouries and Thandai form a vital part of Holi in North India. This festival is more about meeting people, wishing them, and celebrating it together by singing folk songs describing the festival—aur haan gujiya aur mathri ke bina to Jaise Holi adhuri hi mano. The taste of gujiyas made in the north is very different compared to ones made in Maharashtra. Talking about it now is making my mouth water. I wish everyone a very safe and Happy Holi."
Bachpan Ki Yaadon Ko Taaza Karti Hai Holi
Festivals come with a lot of memories. In India, we all have grown amid various festivals and celebrate each of them differently. Talking about the same, Ravi Kishan of & TV's Mauka-E-Vardaat shares, "Holi today has become a celebration of sorts. There are elite parties with dress codes, rules and regulations, and I have seen star kids being active participant in these bashes. When we were kids, our Holi would be quite different from the current version of it. From competition to painting the other person's face with all kinds of silver and bronzes to relishing the special food prepared on the day, we have had our share of excitement. There was a different kind of innocence in the kids then."
Devbhoomi Ki Alaukik Holi
Devbhoomi Uttarakhand celebrates a different kind of Holi. Sharing how Holi is celebrated in the Hills is actor Manmohan Tiwari of & Tv's Gudiya Humari Sabhi Pe Bhari, "Holi in Uttarkhand is a sight behold. The men get white kurtas stitched right before Holi and team it with a white Nehru cap. The women also wear light coloured clothes, sing Holi songs in groups, and follow it up with a traditional dance called jhoda. Gujiyas and other sweets are made along with special savouries and offered to the families coming to visit and wish Holi. While at Mumbai, I have a small group of pahadi friends, and we try to keep our culture alive, singing local songs and celebrating every festival in our special way."
Lathiya Aur Pyaar Barsaati Holi
Lathmaar Holi, celebrated in Haryana, is very popular all over India. Explaining further, Sapna Choudhary of & TV's Mauka-E-Vardaat shares, "Often showcased in movies in a much playful andaaz, lathmaar Holi is traditionally celebrated in Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. On this day, women playfully hit men in the family with wooden sticks and the men, in return, try to defend themselves. Those who fail are captured by the women who then wear female clothes as a sign of victory. The festival seeks to recreate the famous Hindu legend according to which Lord Krishna teased Radha and her friends, and they drove him hurling sticks aka lathi at him."
Covid Ke Dauraan Savdhaani Wali Holi
With a sharp increase in the Covid-19 cases, citizens resort to low-key celebrations with select family members. Sharing how to keep the festive fervour alive this Holi is Rohitashv Gour, our very own Manmohan Tiwari of & TV's Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai. He says, "Every year, we have a grand Holi celebration at our place where we invite everyone, including the team of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai. However, since last year we have gone conservative with numbers. I believe that any festival's success is not making it look larger than life but spending the special day with your family members. Hence, we will prepare traditional sweets and buy organic colours for Holi to celebrate with each other. I urge all of you not to take part in mass celebrations and maintain the highest level of safety and sanitation while enjoying Holi."
Aapsi Ranjish Ko Bhulakar, Rishton Ko Paas Laati Hai Holi
Holi is about forgiving and forgetting, mending broken relationships, and starting afresh. Commenting on this aspect of the festival, Himani Shivpuri, who plays Katori Amma in & TV's Happu Ki Ultan Paltan, shares, "One of the best learnings this festival gives us is that one should let go of the resentments and move on in life. In the holy pyre of Holika Dehan, people do burn away their worries, failures, hatred and personal grudges, and it is believed to bring in a certain level of positivity and calmness in your life. I believe what is done cannot be undone, but one can ensure that mistakes are not repeated if they are forgiven and provided a second chance. So, this Holi, I urge all of you to forgive and forget, let off the burden of animosity. You will certainly see a difference in your life."
Lucknow ki khaas Nawabi Holi
The City of Nawabs brings out a different charm when it comes to Holi celebrations. Farhana Parveen who plays Shanti Mishra in &TV’s Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai shares, “I have grown up watching Holi celebrations in Lucknow and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. The grand preparations of local programmes were something we really looked forward to. Across households in Lucknow, colours were made out of dried flowers which were crushed into a fine powder. Another thing that stands out is Pandiit Raja's Thandai. With the city painted in different colours and people participating in making the atmosphere livelier, Lucknow ki Holi badi albeli hoti hai.”