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About Holi

Holi is the religious festival of colours it is the festival of love.

Holi is an important festival to Hindus. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the Hindu month Phalgun Purnima (February/March),which usually falls in March, sometimes in late February

 Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night. Before Holi where people gather, sing & dance. The next morning people play colours with each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some buddy use water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight in the open streets, parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance.

After playing with colours, and cleaning up, people move and visit family, friends and neighbor and then share delicacies, food and drinks. Some drinks are intoxicating. For example, Bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, is mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many In the evening.

 

About Holika dahan

The word "Holi" originates from "Holika", the evil sister of  the king Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashyap 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 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 (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 Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, of fire that burned Holika. The day after Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.On the eve of Holi, typically at or after sunset, the pyre is lit, signifying Holika Dahan. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil. People gather around the fire, sing and dance.



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