Holi Festival of Colors India

Holi Festival of Colors India

 

Holi also called Holaka or Phagwa is an yearly festival on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna which is in Early March. Celebrating the start of spring and various events in the Hindu religion, people indulge in the joys of the festival. One of the least religious of the festivals, revelers take to the streets and spray people with colored powders and while dancing and making music.


History and Meaning of Holi
Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi's precise form and purpose display great variety. Originally, Holi was an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. This aspect still plays a significant part in the festival in the form of the colored powders: Holi is a time when man and nature alike throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colors and liveliness of spring.


The legend commemorated by the festival of Holi involves an evil king named Hiranyakashipu. He forbade his son Prahlad from worshipping Vishnu, but Radhu continued to do offer prayers to the god. Getting angry with his son, Hiranyakashipu challenged Prahlad to sit on a pyre with his wicked aunt Holika who was believed to be immune to fire.


Prahlad accepted the challenge and prayed to Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, everyone watched in amazement as Holika was burnt to death, while Prahlad survived without a scar to show for it. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.

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