Dhulandi(धुलेंडी)
 

17 March 2014, Monday

 

The Dhulendi is a very important part of the Festival of Holi. Dhulendi falls on the next day of Holika Dahan. 
 
Holi is Divided into two parts:
 
1. Holika Dahan or Choti Holi
2. Dhuledi or Badi Holi
 
 
 
The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, or Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. 
 
Dhulendi's celebration is also having its medical reasons. It is the time weather change and in change of season there is many possibilities of diseases; so people are avoiding those diseases by applying medicine colors on each other like Termeric, Neem, Kum-Kum, Kesar and Bilva. Thus, these medicine natural and herbal colors are protecting our body for various diseases.
 
Dhuledi is a favorite festival of all age groups and specially, between friends, husband-wife, dever (husband's brother) - bhabhi (brother's wife) are enjoying the most. On this days, everyone is trying to find out some special trick to color other person and after applying the colors people says, “Bura naa manoo holi hai”. The sons, daughter in-laws and kids are applying abeer-gulaal on the feet of the senior family members and then by touching their feet getting blessings from them. 
 
People believe it a day of triumph of good people over bad people or win of right over wrong things. The festival is celebrated at the end of Winter and at the beginning of Spring and on the Last Full Moon Day of the Lunar Month of Phalgun that is either at the end of February or at the beginning of March. Thus the festival welcomes the spring season and look for a good harvest.
 
Since there is a change of season, environmental changes cause several diseases. So it is believed that Playing with Colors which are made out of Medicine is good for Health. Numerous Skin Diseases and Viral attacks are caused due to the Change in Weather. During the ancient time various colors are extracted from various Medicinal Herbs. The use of these colors protects our body from the various seasonal diseases. They used to make Dhulandi Colors from Neem, Haldi, Bilva and Kum Kum which have great Medicinal Values. Thus playing with these Natural and Herbal Colors protects our body to fight against various diseases.