The festival of colors is named Holi but it is also called Holaka or Phagwa. It is a festival annually celebrated the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna, which is early March month. Holi is a celebration that celebrates spring and various events that takes place in Hindi mythology. During this grand celebration social norms are ignored to make the best out of the fun festival.
If you do not know what Holi is, I’ll tell you! It is a day where Hindus attend a public bonfire as well as you shower your friends and family with different colored powders and water, you go crazy. It is one of the Hindu’s least religious holidays.
As mentioned, Holi celebrates the arrival of Spring. It is a time when men and nature throw of the gloom of winter to rejoice the colors and liveliness of spring. The reason why Holi is celebrated, why it is even established is too find out in the story containing Hindu gods such as Vishnu.
-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. (In an alternate version, Holika put herself and Prahlad on the fire on orders from her brother.)
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. According to some accounts, Holika begged Prahlad for forgiveness before her demise, and he decreed that she would be remembered every year at Holi.
Have you ever participated in a Holi festival, or would you like to?