Festival of Holi

Depending on the culture, there are different practices that people use to honour their lost loved ones. In India, Hindus will cremate their loved ones and scatter ashes at a ceremony. For the Hindus, they do not fear death, because it is the only way to reach moksha which is the highest goal to achieve.

Celebration of the Holi Festival

Once a year, the people come together to celebrate Holi at Mahasamsthana, which is the place where Hindus cremate their loved ones.

During the festival, they spread pyres ashes all over their body. They are also known to scatter ashes and throw them to each other. This certainly seems like an unusual practice for outsiders, but to this culture, it has significant meaning.

Varanasi Celebrates With Pyre Ashes

Back in March, the Holi festival took place Varanasi. Attendees took part in the traditional smearing of ashes and scattering. Lord Shiva goes to Mahasamsthana to celebrate the festival. His followers go with him to sprinkle chita bhasma”.

These rituals have dated back as far as ancient times. It is an important part of the Hindu culture.

You can read more about the scattering ashes ceremony HERE.

Taking Time to Remember

It is important for anyone that has lost a loved one to take time to remember the life they had. This is a vital part of the mourning process. In our culture, we make it out that we should quickly get over death, instead of allowing ourselves to go through the stages.

When you lose someone you love, it is also an important thing to remember them on a regular basis. Just because your loved one is not with you in body, does not mean their memories fade away.

Whether you are scattering ashes on water, building a memorial garden, or preparing some other form of tribute, these are parts of the process we should go through. For the Hindu people, they have learned to celebrate death as part of their worship.
Those that are not Hindu do not necessarily have to learn to celebrate death, but we should at least be accepting of our fate.

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