On March 21, Google celebrates the festival of Holi with an animated doodle. The colourful and vibrant animation portrays the festival of colours. In the doodle, while on one hand people are seen throwing colours and smiling as they play Holi, on the other hand, a man is seen playing the drums and a kid from the window is throwing the colour through a pichkari. On one side, Google has also shown people indulging into some festival delicacies.Also Read - Google Celebrates 23rd Birthday with a Cake Doodle on Homepage
The two-day festival starts with Holika Dahan which was celebrated yesterday and is followed by Rang Panchami which is also known as Dhuleti or Rangwali Holi. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival and is believed that Lord Krishna along with Radha celebrated Holi in the Braj region of where he grew up. Also Read - How Michiyo Tsujimura's Discovery Of Vitamin C in Green Tea Helped Popularise It As Health Drink
As per the history goes, Prahlad, Hiranyakashipu’s own son disagreed and remained devoted to Lord Vishnu. This did not bid well with his father who tried to inflict severe punishments on Prahlad, none of which had any effect on the boy’s devotion and belief. Finally, Holika, Prahlad’s paternal aunt tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was blessed with a cloak that was immune to fire. Holika had devised that she would wear the cloak and will not be burned by the fire while Prahlad will burn and eventually die. Also Read - Google Honours Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, Aka Avicii on His 32nd Birth Anniversary With Animated Doodle | Watch
There are traditional drummers move from house to house, adding a peppy, musical touch to the day’s festivities. The four main powder colours carry with them a piece of symbolism. Red signifies love and fertility; yellow is the colour of turmeric, a natural remedy; blue represents the beloved Krishna; green symbolizes spring and new beginnings.
On the occasion of Holi, Special delectable items like gujiyas, malpua, dahi wada, nimki, bhang and thandai are served to guests and prepared in homes all over India.