If you think about it, everything in creation has a particular colour. From the tiniest bacteria to the biggest planet – everything. Imagine how different our understanding of the world would be if we couldn’t see and perceive colours!
Now, customarily Holi is seen as a celebration of these colours. While this is true to some extent, culturally, the roots of Holi run much deeper. Most of us who have grown up in India have heard the various versions of how the celebrations of this festival really began – Holika and Prahlad, and of course Krishna and Radha.I won’t get into the details of those stories. If you haven’t already, you can give them a read here.
Spiritually, however, Holi is believed to be an extremely powerful day. Not just in the triumph-of-good-over-evil way, but also because it is believed to be a day when the spiritual realm or the higher energies are more easily accessible to us mere mortals. If you’re not interested in spirituality, then this might read a little boring to you, but if you’ve already reached this far, read a little further on. It might get interesting.
Colours are a major component of spirituality – I’m making this sound more like a science experiment, but bear with me – because a number of practices revolve around bringing a change in one’s energy body (aura for the uninitiated) through the use of colours. Only, these aren’t chemical powders people throw around during the festival. You didn’t really think gulaal would change the colour of aura did you? And why do people need/want to change these colours, you ask? Well, why do we associate red with anger, pink with love, yellow with happiness, and so on? Just like colours have a physical connotation, they have a spiritual connotation as well. Each colour means something and gives off a different energy. There are colours that are considered subtle and lighter and then there are those that are grosser or heavier. It shouldn’t take rocket science to figure out what those mean. So now by changing from heavier to lighter colours you can basically move towards a higher level of evolution and a lighter body or the opposite, if that is what you wish to do (please understand that this is just a part of the science of spirituality, but a big part nevertheless).
I won’t get deeper into what every colour means. Let’s keep that for a separate post if you’re interested. But I will talk about two specific colours, the ones you see in my outfit here – Green and Yellow. In pop culture, green is often associated with jealousy, but spiritually, historically, and culturally, it is a colour that represents growth, rejuvenation, and rebirth. I chose this green dress particularly for this reason. Holi falls during spring, which is also considered the season of rebirth. So there you have it! Now, for the coverup. It is more of a mustard hue, but I’ve used it in place of yellow – a colour that symbolises healing and purification (it is the colour of fire). I’ve kept the accessories simple – a pair of silver earrings, a yellow floral belt for some definition and kolhapuris. Together, this outfit is like a representation of not just the festival, but also the season and my spiritual beliefs. It represents healing and rebirth. And that I believe is the true spirit of Holi.
Hope you guys got a little outfit inspiration and have an awesome Holi
Until next time!