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Ravinder Malik Mar 07 2016

What is the mythological story behind the celebration of Holi?

Dhaarna Kukreja Mar 15 2016
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Holi is a festival of colours celebrated by Hindus in spring season. The mythological story of Holi is a significance of victory of good over evil. Holi is a celebration of two days. First day, a bonfire is made known as Holika Dehan. Second day, the festival is celebrated by applying colors to each other and celebrate togetherness. Know how to celebrate Holi in different ways as this amazing fanfare of colours is celebrated all over India in variegated forms.

There is an interesting mythological story behind the celebration of Holi. King Hiranyakashyap of Braj won over the entire earth kingdom. He became so egoistic that he ordered everyone to worship him. But to his dismay, Prahlad, his son, was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. This irked Hiranyakashyap so much that he decided to kill his son. Holika, his sister, decided to be the part of the revenge. Since Holika was granted with the boon of remaining unscathed from fire, she treacherously coaxed Prahlad to sit in fire with her. She was unaware with the fact that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. As a result, she was burnt in fire. But Prahlad was saved as he continually kept chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap was killed by Lord Vishnu.

by Narender9 From that day ahead, people enact the same bonfire and sing folk songs in the spirit of Holi. The fire signifies the burning of evil. The bonfire also kills all the disease causing bacteria that perpetuate in the changing weather. The colours that we apply to each other help in revitalization and boosting of our immune system.

Holi is celebrated with full zeal and fanfare in India. There is music, dance, food and other fun events. Various Holi celebrations in India are organized with DJ and music fests.

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