Holi is a spring festival also known as festival of colors. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities.It is primarily observed in Nepal, India and other regions of the world with significant populations of majority Hindus. The festival has, in recent times, spread in parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors. Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.
There is a symbolic legend to explain why holi is celebrated. The word “Holi” originates from “Holika”, the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakaship. King Hiranyakaship had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. The special powers blinded him, he grew arrogant, felt he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.
Hiranyakaship’s own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakaship. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika – Prahlada’s evil aunt – tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak (shawl) that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika burned, Prahlada survived. Vishnu appeared and killed Hiranyakaship. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakaship, of fire that burned Holika. The day after Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.
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HAPPY HOLI EVERYONE! HAVE A MEMORABLE AS WELL AS SAFE HOLI.