Holi is an ancient Indian festival, which is celebrated throughout the country with utmost excitement. The festival was originally known as Holika. Holi is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in India. There are several traces that points towards the existence of the festival to several centuries before Christ. Although, the festival has been existing for so long, very little has changed in the way it is celebrated. People of India have upheld the traditional values and follow the rituals even today.

Holi History :

holi by lord krishna

holi by lord krishna

The people of India have been traditionally celebrating Holi as a spring festival. One of significant reasons for celebrating this festival is to thank the nature for the good harvest for the season and to pray for the fertility of the land.

The festival has several historical legends associated with it. People from different community in different parts of the India have different beliefs for the celebration of Holi. The most popular belief is of the story related to Prahlad. Prahlad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishu was the son of a wicked king Hiranyakashyap.

The wicked father tried to kill his own son by making him sit on the lap of his sister, Holika, who was blessed with immunity from fire and set them both ablaze. However, the soon came out of fire unscathed while Holika was burnt to ashes. From that day onwards Holi is celebrated as the day of Victory of good over the evil powers.

Today, it has become a tradition to burn huge bonfires on the eve of Holi day to symbolize the burning of the wicked Holika. Holi is known as the festival of colors. The history of celebrating the festival with colors is associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Holi is known by different regions in different parts of India, in Bengal they call it Dol Yatra, whereas in Rajasthan its called Gangaur. Whatever the name be, the festival is celebrated with equal delight.

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