5 Books to Read on Holi

What is Holi and how it is celebrated in India?

Do you understand what Holi is in India? The Holi Festival of Colors in India commemorates the defeat of the demoniac Holika and the triumph of virtue over evil. Every year, it is observed on the day following the full moon in the early-March Hindu month of Phalguna. Hindus march through the streets dousing onlookers with colored powders as they chant and dance to celebrate the arrival of spring and other occasions. The Hindu culture greatly values the festival of Holi. It marks the end of the conflict, a fresh start from past mistakes, and a day when people are able to forget and pardon. Most of the time, people repay their obligations as well as forgive them, accepting new agreements in their lives.

The sacred ceremonies are performed on Holika Dahan, also referred to as Chhoti Holi or little Holi, which is the first day of the festivities. An effigy of Holika is burned on a big pyre as the centerpiece of Holika Dahan to represent the annihilation of evil.  The morning after Holika Dahan, upon the arrival of Holi, is the point at which the variety battle starts. This piece of the celebration isn’t about religion by any means and is centered around having a great time and encountering the delight of spring. Individuals riot to celebrate with their neighbors and companions furnished with hued powders, fluid tones, water weapons, and water inflatables. The variety battle is a genuine demonstration of equity among people and individuals of every single social foundation, implying that everybody is fair game whether they are small children or minimal old women.
The primary components of ayurvedic medicines, such as leaves, fruits, and roots, were traditionally used to make Holi colors. The colors are applied as liquid droplets or powdered particles. Traditionally numerous sorts of holi extraordinary food things are ready the nation over. Every locale has its own forte. Gujiya and Thandai in North, Puran Poli in Maharashtra, and Elo Jhelo in Bengal.

Here are five books you can read to know more about the festival of colors:

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 5: The Festival of Colours by Narinder Dhami

It is Holi, the festival of colors. Adil and Mira can’t wait to join the fun, but first, they have to help a man who loses his wallet. Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children’s imaginations and develop their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustrators broadens children’s reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. This story is one of six titles at Oxford Level 5, which are phonically decodable with some extra high-interest words to expand children’s vocabularies and enrich the stories. All the books in the series are carefully leveled, making it easy to match every reader to the right book.

Amma Tell Me about Holi by Bhakti Mathur

Siblings Klaka and Kiki gather with their friends and family to celebrate this spring festival which symbolizes new beginnings, friendships, forgiveness, and, of course, a license to be naughty and playing pranks! At the end of the day as Amma tucks the brothers in bed, she answers their countless questions – Why do we color one another on Holi, where does Holi get its name from? Why do we light a fire the night before Holi? Come let’s hear the magical story, Of Holi in all its vibrant glory As told to Klaka, an eager little boy, By his Amma, with dollops of joy. First, a tale of colors and childhood fun: Naughty Krishna and Radha, his loved one. Next, an evil king who thought he was God, His son Prahlad refused to accept the fraud. He threatened his own son, who did not think him divine. But against the evil king, faith, and miracles did align. A story of faith, devotion, and love. Passed down to children, from generations above… “Amma Tell Me” is a charming and informative series of children’s books that introduces the major Hindu festivals and figures to young readers, and is perfect for families wanting to share stories of Hinduism with their children or for educators looking for resources on the Hindu culture for their students. Written in rhyme with vivid, captivating illustrations, this series brings Hindu mythology to its readers in a fun and non-preachy way. The Series has thirteen books on the festivals of Holi, and Diwali, and on the Hindu gods Krishna, Hanuman, and Ganesha.

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Here Comes Holi – The Festival of Colours by Meenal Atul Pandya

Holi, one of the most colorful festivals celebrated throughout India to welcome spring, is associated with many stories and tales. The story of Prahlad is, however, the most closely linked mythological story about Holi. Here Comes Holi: The Festival of Colors is the story of a young prince Prahlad and his evil father King Hirnakasypu. The story as told to a boy in modern India brings out the fun and festivity of Holi with its mythical significance.

Festival of Colours by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal

Spring is here, and it’s almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make colorful powders to toss during the festival. And when at last the big day comes, they gather with their friends, family, and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship, forgiveness, and, of course, fun!

Why Holi – book on holi for children – parents to introduce mythology by Riyanka

We all love to play Holi, especially CHILDREN who get a free hand on that ONE day in a year to play with loads of colours and water. But do they know why we celebrate this festival? This is exactly the question for which this book has been written. As parents, we all know that the story about King Hiranyakashyap who was a bad bad king and who tried to kill his own son is a bit negative. This book aims to tell the story to our young children in a fun, positive and rhythmic way to educate them about the reason behind this festival.

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