A season of colors, with nature reflecting beauty, and romance breezing in the air, Spring is a season graciously welcomed for its hues and vibrancy. The heart flutters at the sight of bright colors. The arrival of Spring also signals the festival of colors – Holi. Widely celebrated with a spirit of joy and fun, the atmosphere of festivity makes it fascinating.

The festival of Holi has its roots from the popular story of Holika – the burning of evil against good. Another popular story sizzles that Lord Krishna had a complexion about his dark tone, whenever he saw fair and flawless Radha. So he applied colors on her face, and since then the tradition continues till date. The festival is celebrated with fun at its peak mainly at birthplaces of Krishna – Mathura and Vrindavan, and other parts of North India. Other stories – legend of Pootna, Dhundi and Kaamdeva makes this festival widely popular. Rangapanchmi, the twin name of Holi, is the celebration of pure divine love of Krishna and Radha at many places.

First celebrated as Holika dahan and breaking of pot that is filled with buttermilk, Holi has gone a transitional change with its ways. Now the pools of colors, beverages and arrangement at lawns and farmhouses have made it as a fashion.

Although gulaal, pichkari, thandai makes this festival spring with joy, gifts form an inseparable part in Holi. Holi gifts are very important ritual that’s given to near and dear ones, and sometimes even to guests. Unlike other occasions, pichkaris and colors rule the roost in Holi gifts. Apart from that, sweets – especially gujjias, pooja items/thali, gift hampers and apparels can be given as Holi gifts.

As gifts forms an important form of any tradition and ritual in India, gifts on Holi has special importance as this is the only festival in India which marks the digging of all old squabbles and misunderstanding, and starting afresh. And right gifts during such times ensures the bonding is lifetime and special.

So wrap all your love and emotions and spread colors on the lives of your loved ones this Holi