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Ravinder Malik Mar 07 2016

Why is festival of Holi celebrated?

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The religious festival of Holi is celebrated all over india with great zeal and enthusiasm all over the country. It is celebrated in the season of spring and is the mark of fertility and harvest. There is a mythological reason that signifies Holi as a victory of good over evil.

Once there was a cruel and egoistic king, Hiranyakashyap, who ordered his people to worship him as God. His son, Prahlad, was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and refused to worship his father. This made Hiranyakashyap very angry and he decided to reprimand his son. Holika, his demon sister, also played a sinister role in it. She was granted with immunity from fire. So she coaxed her nephew to sit in fire with her. What she wasn’t aware of is the boon only worked when she entered the fire alone. As a result, Holika was burnt to death and Prahlad was saved because of his unbroken chant to Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap was also killed by Lord Vishnu. Those who seek to torment the faithful will be destroyed. Hence to celebrate this legend, people set a bonfire every night before Holi to enact the legend.

On this day, various Holi celebrations in India are organized with DJ and music fests. People celebrate Holi by applying color on each other and making special Holi delicacies like Gujiya and Dahi-Bade. The festival of Holi is celebrated to promote togetherness and unity in society.



by Ramnath Bhat
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