FESTIVALS : Phoolon Ki Holi

The first Holi between Radha and Krishna is said to have been played with colorful flowers. As the fragrance of flowers surround you, you can almost visualize Radha and Krishna playing out their ‘raas’, drenched in the heavy nectar, oblivious to all.

Legend has it that Lord Krishna was jealous of Radha’s fair skin, and decided to color her; thus began the tradition of playing Holi. The romance of Radha Krishna has been immortalized in the ‘raas’ that is played out at Holi time. While the Lathmaar Holi of Barsana continues to be the most famous celebration, Phoolon Ki Holi, as played in Mathura and Vrindavan is also gaining a lot of popularity and fame.

The first Holi between Radha and Krishna is said to have been played with colorful flowers. The tradition continues today as quintals of flowers are pre-ordered for this celebration. Dance troupes like Bansuri group from Vrindavan,and Charkula Arts will typically start off the performance with a rendering of’ raas’. The way the dances whirl with the flowers that miraculously pile up around the stage is a mesmerizing sight. As the fragrance of flowers surround you, you can almost visualize Radha and Krishna playing out their ‘raas’, drenched in the heavy nectar, oblivious to all.

While Phoolon Ki Holi has its origin in Mathura and Vrindavan, Krishna temples all across the country are now seen hosting the event. Instead of throwing away the flowers that are offered to the deity, temples utilize them to give devotees a unique experience of playing Holi. Althoughthe flowers are usually not enough and temples also end up buying flowers, because when devotees want to play Holi with the divine couple, nothing is enough. Not just temples, even public gathering places like Epicenter in Gurgaon, or India Habitat Center in New Delhi are promoting this celebration, accompanied of course, with the usual Holi spread, including the ever popular Thandai and gujiya.

Aesthetics apart, another reason for Phoolon Ki Holi becoming so popular is the eco-friendly nature of the celebration. As harmful chemicals, grease and powdered glass have dimmed the brightness of the festival of colors, people are increasingly looking at ways to make the celebration safe and enjoyable. With fresh and natural flowers, one is assured of no harm coming to your hair or skin or eyes. Its natural, its safe; and your children can also indulge freely. Plus, the used flowers can go towards making organic fertilizers. There is no wastage at all.Looking at it that way, the reason behind the popularity is oh so simple!

When you think about it, Holi is supposed to be a celebration of the divine love of radha and Krishna. Playing Phoolon Ki Holi is the best way to relive that pure love.

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