Festival of holi is celebrated all over India with full joy and enthusiasm. There are so many legends associated with this festival. It is said that holi is celebrated in love of Radha and Lord Krishna which is a very popular legend related with this festival. Other legend which is related with the tradition of Holika dahan is the story of Prahlad and Holika. This festival is celebrated on the day of flagon purnima according to Hindi calendar. Holi is a Hindu festival and Indians all over the world celebrate this festival with immense joy. People celebrate this festival by playing colors, exchange of gifts, taking feasts together and by sending good wishes to their friends and relatives.
Holika Dahan Story :
Holika Dahan is a very important tradition followed by people of the holi festival. Preparations of Holi dahan starts from the day of Vasant Panchami. A log of wood is placed on the crossroads of city on the day of vasant Panchami. Then people start collecting dry leaves, wooden logs and waste material and throw it on this log of wood. This process is continued till the day of holi and like this the log wood converts into a big heap. Then on the evening of holi, this heap is set to fire and this bonfire is called as Holika Dahan. This tradition is associated with the victory of good over evil.
The tradition of Holika Dahan is related with the legend of Prahlad and Holika. According to this legend, a devil king Hiranyakashyap wanted to eliminate the existence of God from earth but unfortunately his son Prahlad became a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. So, he decided to kill Prahlad. His sister Holika was gifted with a boon that no fire can harm her,
So, people celebrate this victory of Prahlad by following the tradition of Holika dahan.