GS Paper: 1
Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
President of India extended his greeting to the citizens in India and abroad on the auspicious occasion of Holi which is being celebrated in India today.
- It is also famously called as ‘Festival of colours’
- Holi falls on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun
- The festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of the season of spring and also marks the harvesting of the crop in the country during this time.
- In various regions of the country, Holi is also called as- Dhulendi, Lathmar Holi, Mohhalla Hola, Basant Utsav, Rangpanchami
- People during Holi play with bright organic colours as part of the festivities
- Some of the sweets associated with Holi are: Gujiyas, Malpuas and Bhang
- Holi is associated with myths relating to events from the lives of Prahlada and Lord Krishna
- Holika Dhan custom is an important part of the ritual which symbolizes the death of the demon Holika who planned to kill Prahlada (triumph of good over the evil)
- Various months in a Hindu calendar
- Different names of Holi
- In which month is Holi celebrated?
Explain by giving examples as to the various festivals associated with climate or the local environment of the place. (15M)