Holi, a Hindu festival celebrated in India and some parts of the world by Indian communities each year before summer begins, is one of the most colourful and joyous festivals of the year. Water is splashed on family and friends while they are colored with gulaal during this two-day festival. People are said to forget their grudges and come together to take part in this colourful festival by singing, dancing, and consuming tasty food together. It is also the most significant Hindu festival that marks the triumph of good over evil.
The stories behind Holi
Hindu mythology says the demon king Hiranyakashyap won a reward which allowed him to not be killed by either man or animal, and he wanted people to worship him. While his son Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, king Hiranyakashyap requested that the demon Holika sit in a pyre while holding his son in his arms. Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu from Holika while she was on fire. The Lord later took the form of Narasimha, which is half-human and half-lion, and killed the demon king.
Significance of Holi
In Hindu culture, Holi marks the arrival of spring harvest season and the end of winter. Holi is celebrated in the month of Phalguna, and the celebration begins on the evening of Purnima (Full Moon day).