Holi is one of the most revered festivals of India. It is celebrated in the different part of India for various reasons. First reason that Holi is celebrated as spring festival as it is commemorated on the onset of spring season when people welcome summer and bid farewell to winters.
Another reason for the celebration is to exercise control over the emerging passion. According to Hindu Mythological story, God KamadevaKamadeva
Kamadeva is regarded as the Hindu god of love and desire. The name Kamadeva is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words “Kama” and “Deva”. “Kama” means “desire” and “Deva” means “God”. tried to distract ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... by hitting his flower-tipped arrows of Love. This incident infuriated Shiva, and he burned Kamadeva into ashes. Holi is thus the festival to celebrate love, but never get swayed away with it. Holi is thus the festival of the celebration of divinity and discipline over passion.
There is yet another reason that has been mention in Puranas. It mentions about the legend behind the celebration of Holi.
The legend goes as follows...
Long time ago there was innocent, pure, and divine prince Prahlad. He was the child of Demon King Hiranyakashipu. He was the staunch devotee of VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,... Hiranyakashipu was the powerful king and thus believed that everyone in his state must worship him. He expected same from his son, Prahlad, but he denied.
Hiranyakashipu infuriated by the act of his son thus tried to kill him many times. One day he invited his sister, Holika. She had been given a special shawl as a boon from God. According to the boon, When she wore that shawl, she could not be burned by fire.
Hiranyakashipu and his sister devised a plan in which she would wear her shawl and hold Prahlaad tightly in her arms as they sat in a fire. In this way, Prahlaad would be killed, but she would be safe.
However, as a divine plan works, a strong wind came and blew the shawl from Holika and rested over Prahlad. As a result, Holika was burned, and Prahlad emerged out safely from the fire.
This gave us the message that the one who want to get success in the spiritual path might have to face various obstacles. The devotee was constantly attacked by devilish forces but can achieve success when he or she overcomes those forces by the absolute faith in Almighty and inner purity.
On Holi, we should commit ourselves to perform prayers with focus, dedication and deep love for Almighty. When we burn bonfire, then we burn our devilish and impure nature and leaving only with purity and divinity after Holi.
In Nutshell, Holi is actually to celebrate to make oneself Holy or attain divinity. So This Holi surrender yourself to Almighty and get drenched in divine colors.