Holi, is a popular ancient Hindu festival, is being celebrated today mainly in India, Bangladesh and some other regions of Asia and Western world. Holi is also known as the ‘festival of love’, the ‘festival of colors’, and the ‘festival of spring’.
The Holi is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, the destruction of the demoness Holika. It is celebrated every year on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna.
On Holi, people celebrate the start of spring and other events in the Hindu religion; they march the streets and spray people with colored powders while dancing and singing.
On the pious occasion, it is said that love blossoms when people smear colors on each other and mend broken relationships. The day also celebrates the season of spring and the feeling of love. It is a day when people forgive mistakes of the past and start anew.
Although Holi is a Hindu festival, it is popular among non-Hindus. People gather the night before Holi and perform religious rituals and then pray for the destruction of their internal evil. The next morning people start the real carnival traditions and smear each other with colored powders; they sometimes use water guns and water-filled balloons for more fun. Groups of people march the streets with drums and other instruments, singing and dancing. People also gather with their families and friends to color each other and share Holi delicacies.
The Holi has a huge cultural significance in Hindu Culture. It opens a new beginning from past error, serving as the end of the conflict, and also a day when people forget and forgive. In most cases, people pay their debt and also forgive debts embracing new deals in their lives.
Noted Bangladeshi poet, lyricist and composer Mahbubul Khalid has penned a song which highlights the significance of the festival and portrays thousands of colors of Holi.
Late composer Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul has composed the music of the song titled ‘Rangiye Dao’. Prominent singers Kishore Das and Luipa rendered their voices to the song.
The song has been published on Mahbubul Khalid’s musical website ‘www.khalidsangeet.com’.
Mentionable, the poems and songs written by Mahbubul Khalid contain religious and social festivals of different religions. He writes and composes songs for all humankind irrespective of race, religion and caste. To him, music is not for any race or religion, music is for everyone. His songs and poems are rich with the message of love and humanity.
Apart from, Holi, Mahbubul Khalid also wrote songs about Durga Puja, Mahalaya and Lord Krishna. He has written songs on the Muslim religious festivals of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, Shab-e-Qadr, Shab-e-Meraj, Shab-e-Barat, Hajj, Eid-e-Miladunnabi etc. He has also written songs on other religious festivals such as Christmas of Christians, Buddha Purnima of Buddhists and so on. These songs written by Mahbubul A Khalid clearly show the perspectives and significances of the respective days and festivals.