Holi is a major festival in the Hindu religion. It is celebrated on the day after the last full moon of the Hindu month of Phalguna. Phalguna falls between late February and early March in Western calendars. Holi usually marks the happy transition from harsh, dark winter to brighter, warmer springtime.
Holi celebrates the Hindu story of Prahlada. Prahlada was a prince dedicated to the worship of Vishnu, a major Hindu god. Prahlada’s father and aunt opposed his religious faith, and as punishment made him sit in the middle of a raging bonfire. Vishnu protected Prahlada, and the prince did not burn.
Bonfires remain a part of Holi rituals today. However, the most striking aspect of the festival is the spraying of brightly colored powders and water in enormous public celebrations. The colors mark both Prahlada’s flickering bonfire and the bright colors associated with spring.
The “Festival of Colors” is also a time for Hindus to relax social codes. Barriers between rich and poor, men and women, young and old are broken down by Holi’s bright colors. A familiar saying is bura na mano, Holi hai—don’t be offended, it’s Holi !
That Dassera, first time in 500 years,
Rajadis and Saneras burnt the effigy of evil Ravana, together.
Leela and Ram departed amidst grand fanfare.
That last gunshot fired...by Ram-Leela in name of love still echoes...
And never has there been a gun fired since in Ranjaar.
No longer are houses burned, only lamps are lit.
lf anger and revenge can turn an ocean into a barren desert...
then true love can also make flowers bloom here.
[Deepika Padukone] sustained major bruises and swelling[…] on her feet while performing [the song]. It was reported that the actress stuck to the routine and shot for the song on the allotted schedule, sporting medical braces to relax her movements.
The song begins with a teary-eyed Deepika lighting up diyas and performing garba in a vengeance.
The song video was highly praised for Padukone[’s] dancing skills and its Gujarati flavour. (x)