Festivals are celebrated throughout the year and there are regional and religious specific festivals. Apart from these, there are few festivals which would bring together people from all walks of life.
If you ask me, I would say that the true or real essence of festival is to bring people together making them forget about their skin,race,colour,customs and gender. It should make them feel happy. It should make them feel united. It should make them feel that they are bonded with others and are together.
As I had mentioned earlier, there are few festivals which is celebrated beyond religion and boundaries and HOLI is one of those festivals.
People from across the globe celebrate this festival. This is widely celebrated in India especially in North India where people do lot of things which we would see in my next blog post. In this blog post I am going to share something unique. This is called “PETTAI THULLAL” and this is celebrated in-line with HOLI festival. Not all would have known about this and hence for the spirit of the festival and to bring Peace and Harmony in this world through my blog post, I am sharing this information with you.
PETTAI Thullal is a kind of an act where people would be decorating themselves with colourful powders that is being spread across their body including the face. Unlike Holi, in this no one is spared and no one can escape. Everyone has to don the role.
Where is it celebrated?
This is celebrated in Sabarimala Shrine. Before starting to the Holi Shrine of Lord Ayyappa, devotees who take the Periya Padhai or Long Route will start from a point called Erumeli. It is a pond. It is in this place one would spread colours in their body. Dance till they drop along with other devotees. Then they come to Erumeli Pond to take a dip and then proceed to the Shrine. The best part of this place is the existence of Mosque where Lord Ayyappa’s friend Waavar is the deity and devotees go to this mosque first, take the blessings of Waavar prior to starting their journey to the Holi Shrine in Sabarimala.
As a kid I did not knew the significance of this festival/celebrations but when I grew up and started celebrating Holi, I came to know the importance of Pettai Thullal which is nothing but the regional form of celebrating HOLI.
So next time, if you plan to go to Sabarimala Shrine, do not forget to visit this place, do Pettai Thullal-grab a pic of yours and proceed to the temple to the blessings of the Lord!
Its time to Unite and be United.
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