Holika Dahan reminds us that good ultimately is always victorious over evil. It also shows that those who follow a path of righteousness are always protected and saved by the Divine. This victory of good over evil is celebrated the next day after Holika Dahan with festive fanfare and colors which continues for five days till Ranga Panchami (ranga means color and panchami means the fifth day).
Holi is called as the festival of colors. Colors bring joy and happiness in our life and celebrating with colors connects people and brings about a sense of openness. It allows one to feel part of a community of friends, family and neighbors.
With colored faces, people’s individuality is easily hidden. Many a times, it is difficult to even recognize a person. So, in a way- it helps us to “loose” our sense of identity, our false belief that we are all different, our identification with our ego.
Ultimately this is the deeper significance and message from Holika Dahan…. We should not get deluded by our achievements or our sense of a separateness.
We should realize the ultimate fact that there is only Divine Consciousness, and it manifests everywhere- becoming, the action, the process and the outcome. There is nothing and no one else besides the Divine!
Water has the ability to cleanse our aura and energy. Spraying with water and applying color; we are cleaning our limited ego belief of separateness and opening ourselves to others… looking alike… becoming one…