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Holi is more of a cultural festival, rather than any religious one.
Well, holi is also called as "Faag" and faag can be played (means putting colours on each other) at other occasions too. In Bundelkhand, we used to play with colours till much recently at the time of marriages.
Lord Neminathji, when he was a prince and was cousin of the hindu God Krishna, played faag with Krishna- this is mentioned in Jain texts.And, the story says that they played with wet colours and so their dhotis (clothes) got soaked in water with clours.Then Krishna's wife Rukmani came and squeezed the dhoti of Krishna.When NemiKumarji asked the same for himself to his 'Bhabhi' that is Rukmani, she smiled and asked him to bring a wife for himself so that she can dry up his dhoti.
At, this Krishna also asked him to marry and to this proposal Nemikumar said "Yes"........!!!
Many a times the burning of Holi is taken as an example to explain that we have to burn our karmas in the fire of Penances or tapas.
Also, in our bhajans we do say that we are playing with colours and specially the saffron one which is the colour of joy, happiness and beginning of the spirituality as per our traditions.
"Laal rang daaro
Gulaabi rang daaro
aur rang daaro Kesariyaa
hum toh 'Prabhuji' ke baawariyaa........!!!
Ek boond daaro
ki do boond daaro
chaahey udhero gaagariya
hum toh prabhuji ke baawariya.........!!!
om namo om om om namo
shanti shanti shanti
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