We all love festivals, each and every race or religion has their own festival and enjoy it. Though, now a days, we all opt the enjoyment of other’s race or religion. Above all, we all love to enjoy and festival make our daily bored life fill with excitements.

Like that Holi is also a festival and this is a festival of Hindu. This is celebrated on the beginning of spring and end of winter season. This signifies the victory of good over evil. In some part, it is also celebrated as the thanksgiving for good harvest. Lots of reasons behind…Huh!!
It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalguna, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.
Holi celebration starts on the night before Holi with the ritual Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire. They pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire… no worries I will let you know the whole story.

Holika Dahan

The next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours. People smear each other with all colours, water gun and coloured water filled balloons are also used.Anyone and everyone plays a fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders.The fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups go from place to place play with colours, sing and dance. A full package of enjoyment.

Smearing with Colours
Now, let’s find the story of Holika Dahan

There is a symbolic legend to explain why Holi is celebrated as a festival of colours in the honour of Hindu god Vishnu and his follower Prahlada. King Hiranyakashipu, according to a legend found in chapter 7 of Bhagavata Purana, was the king of Asuras(demons), and had earned a boon that gave him five special powers: he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air. Hiranyakashipu grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.

Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. 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 that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada,who survived while Holika burned.

Vishnu, the god who appears as an avatar to restore Dharma in Hindu beliefs, took the form of Narasimha – half human and half lion, at dusk (when it was neither day nor night), took Hiranyakashyapu at a doorstep (which was neither indoors nor outdoors), placed him on his lap (which was neither land, water nor air), and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws (which were neither a handheld weapon nor a launched weapon).

The Holika bonfire and Holi signifies the celebration of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika.

There are many other legends related to Holi and another most famous one is the legend of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha playing Holi in Brindabon.This is commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna.

The festival of Holi is increasingly celebrated in many parts of the world outside India.
A number of Holi-inspired social events have also surfaced, particularly in Europe and the United States, often organised by companies as for-profit or charity events with paid admission, and with varying scheduling that does not coincide with the actual Holi festival.

Let’s find Holi played around world:

UNC

South Africa
Stanford University
Germany

……………….and lots more such as Utah, United States, New York, Malaysia, Netherlands, Brazil, Russia

I stated this world wide famous festival so we could know the details before we starts enjoy the moment and that make it much more enjoyable.

Hope you enjoyed all the above words.

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