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#Factcheck: The Science behind ‘Holika Dahan’ ritual

The bonfire worshipped, during the night of Holika Dahan, has a deeper meaning than what it seems on the outside

#Factcheck: The Science behind ‘Holika Dahan’ ritual March 20, 2019Leave a comment

In India, most of the festivals are projected to be a great combination of fun and worship. However, there is almost always an underlying Scientific reason for these celebrations. Every ritual performed during these festivals denotes some scientific benefit or has an amount of truth to it. One such festival is Holi.

Holi is celebrated with a lot of fun and fervour in India. It usually falls in the month of March and it is a 2-day festival throughout India. It is popularly known as the ‘ Festival of Colours ‘ as on the 2nd day, called ‘ Rang Panchami ‘ a lot of colours are used in smearing friends and family. All in jest.

The day prior, however, is known as Holika Dahan or Choti Holi. On this day, a huge bonfire is made and people circumbulate around it , while pouring ghee and water alike in it. Everyone is aware about Holika and Prahlad’s story , but here comes the scientific reason : “Holi actually marks the end of Spring and beginning of Summer.” The crops, trees, in general the atmosphere heats up throwing out various types of bacterias and viruses. These germs get killed due to the bonfires across cities in India wherever Holi is celebrated.

Also when people circumbulate around the Holi fire, the germs and bacteria are removed from their vicinity and cleanses their bodies of any infections too. So that’s the scientific reason behind ” Holika Dahan “