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Holi – The Festival of Colors

Holi is a festival of colors, mirth and merrymaking. Celebrated every year in the month of March, the festival of Holi welcomes the Spring season and fills the whole landscape with colorful hues. Festivities include bonfire, fireworks, music, dance and sprays of bright, showy colors.People rub colors on their faces and spray colored water on others merrily. The festival of Holi is not only celebrated in India but also in Sri Lanka, Nepal , Bhutan and the other countries where the Indian community is largely populated like the UK, Canada, the USA  etc.

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Historically, Holi signifies burning and is associated with the burning of Holika. Legends tell us that thousands of years ago there was a wrathful king named King Hiranyakasipu. He had a son Prince Prahlad who was very gentle and pious. The King did not like the prince and designed a plan to use his sister, Holika, for killing the prince. Holika who was immune to fire, dragged the prince with her in a pyre. However, the prince remained unscathed and Holika was burnt to ashes. Before taking her last breath, she confessed before the prince who forgave her. Thus Prahlad, the force of good, overcame Holika, the force of evil. Since the day Holika gave her life, the festival of Holi is celebrated by all Hindu communities to remember the victory of good over evil.

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Another important legend accredited to the Holy festival is the romance between two allegorical characters of the Hindu Mythology, Krishan and Radha. The festival commemorated eternal love of these two loving souls.

The day of Holi ends with burning of huge bonfires; the fire in bonfires is supposed to ward off evil spirits. People of all classes participate in merrymaking without any differences of age and sex. Their exuberance is a treat to watch.

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