Holi is one of the major festivals celebrated with great joy and zest throughout the length and breadth of the country. The festival also known as the festival of colors typically occurs on the full moon day of the Hindu month, Phalgun, which is the month of March as per the English calendar.

Holi Festival of Colors :

The Holi Festival is known by different names in different regions of the country. In the eastern regions of the country, in West Bengal and Orrisa it is celebrated as Dol Yatra. In Rajasthan it is known as Gangaur and in Punjab it is known as Hola Mohalla. Although, the festival is known by different names, it is celebrated with equal spirit.

The Holi festival marks the onset of the spring season. It also indicates the harvest season, farmers through the country welcome the festive season and offer a prayer to god to thank for the rich harvest and pray for fertile soil for the next season.

Days before the start of the holi festival the entire county is abuzz with festive spirit. The market place is busy with several activities, people shop for new clothes and sweets. Heaps of colors of different hues is raked up on stall all over the market.

The holi festival celebrations start with the burning of the bonfire on the night before the festival. Legend has it that the bonfire is lit to symbolize the victory of good over evil. According to the story Hiranyakashyap, the wicked King tried to kill his own son Pralhad by setting him on the fire by making him sit on the lap of his sister Holika, who was immune to fire. However, Holika was burned to ash while Pralhad came out unscathed. This age old tradition is still followed even in today’s modern times.

The next day people smear their faces with colors and indulge in sweet treat and Bhang a special drink made on this day.

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