Holi Celebration in India :

In India Holi festival popularly known as festival of colors is celebrated with great pomp. Holi celebration is symbolic of the goodness triumph over evil. The major highlight of the Holi celebration brings out myriad of colors of different hues. Above all the festival promotes brotherhood and unity; it eliminates the social discrimination and unites people from all walks of life.

Holi celebrations have been existent inIndiasince ancient times and the popularity is growing every year, with Holi celebrations getting bigger and better. Holi is the only festival which allows people to have the liberty to celebrate the festival the way they want. It gives them the freedom to let hair loose.

On the few days leading up to the Holi festival, the market is filled with myriad of stall selling colored powders and pichkaris. Heaps of colors attract several young shoppers. The celebration being few days before the final day of the festival, which falls on the full moon day of the Phalgun month (Last month in the Hindu calendar)

Story Behind Holi Celebration :

Holi celebration has mythological significance and traditions associated with it. The popular tradition is the lit a bonfire on the eve on the Holi. The bornfire is lighted to symbolize the victory of good over evil. According to the Hindu myth, Holi got its name from Holika. Holika was a sister of an ancient Indian wicked King, Hiranyakashyap. The king tried to kill his own son, Pralhad for praying to Lord Vishnu.

The king made his son sit on Holika’s lap, who was blessed with immunity from fire and set them both ablaze. However, after the incident, Pralhad came out of fire unscathed, while his sister was burnt to ashes. People still follow this tradition even today, which marks the Holi celebrations. Truly, the Holi celebration paints a magical picture of people’s enthusiasm; it is the zenith of Indian festivity.

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Holi is a festival of India and mainly celebrated in Hindu community of India. But today, Indians are located all over the world and taking their culture in all corners of different countries. Pakistan is the neighboring country of India and some Hindus are also residing there. These Hindus also celebrate Holi with full joy and enthusiasm but it is not a grand fashion as you can see in India.

Holi Festival in Karachi Pakistan :

People light the bonfire called Holika and celebrate the conquest of good over evil. This bonfire is associated with the story of Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap. According to the religious story, Holika was the sister of king Hiranyakashyap and tried to kill Prahlad by taking him in fire. But because of blessings of God, Prahlad became safe and Holika died in that fire. This was the victory of good and defeat of evil. So, today also people celebrate this victory in form of bonfire.

People in Pakistan follow the same tradition of Holi as in India. Cleaning of houses is done and people prepare special dishes like papdi, dahi-badas and gujiyas. They all collect together and play colors with each other. They dance and sing and celebrate the festival with full fun. Temples are the main place of gathering and Holi celebrations. You can see so much anxiety about this festival in the cities like Lahore and Sindh which have large Hindu population.

Tourists also participate in this occasion and enjoy a lot. So, it is really pleasing to visit Pakistan at the time of Holi and enjoy with the Hindus residing there.

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