Festival Origin may Trace Back to India
When we look back on history, here’s how Songkran came about. It’s said that the festival in Mumbai and Delhi in India marked the origin of Songkran.
Taking place in the month of March as well, the Holi Festival indicates the end of the harvest year. According to the belief among Indians, the act of splashing colour represents the chasing of dark forces in life. The colour or “tika” which ranges from red, yellow, green to blue comes from natural pigments found in plants and herbs. These herbs also play a part in strengthening the body’s immunity in the same manner as the concept of Ayurveda or natural therapy.
Some legends say that the Holi Festival is the celebration of Krishna’s victory over the demon “Holika”. As he burnt her body to ashes, the act of burning unpleasant things out of the home is an observance of the legend.
Holi is also regarded as the “Festival of Friendship”. Since colour is playfully smeared on the body and clothes and can’t be washed off, it symbolises friendships that will remain for always. The colour splashing usually takes place during day, before the crowds disperse to bath or clean up, emerging pristine again in the evening for celebration and gatherings.