|Date||Mar 10, 2020|
|Main Attraction||Play of colours and preparation of delicacies particular to the festival.|
Indian festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Each festival is known for its well-fabricated mythology. Similarly, the story behind Holi is steeped in history. The legend of Prahlada, Hiranyakashipu and Holika are one of the most popular myths associated with the festival of colours. It is believed that Hiranyakashipu, the demon king, was granted a boon due to which it became impossible for anyone to defeat him. This made him haughty, so he started questioning the authority of the Almighty. Prahlada, son of Hiranyakashipu who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, was chosen by Lord to put an end to the atrocities of his father.
When the knowledge of it reached the ears of Hiranyakashipu, he devised several strategies to kill his own son. When nothing worked, he made Prahlada sit on the lap of his sister Holika who entered fire with Prahlada in her lap as she could not be burnt as per a boon granted to her. But instead of Prahlada, it was Holika who was burnt to ashes and Prahlada remained completely unharmed. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil and burning of Holika.
The other popular legends associated with the festival are the legend of Kamdeva and the legend of Krishna and Radha.
Holi is one of the most prestigious Hindu festivals. India which is known for its diverse cultures, languages, religion have different names for this festival. As in Bihar, it is popularly known as Phagwa, Dol Purnima in Bengal and Hola Mahalla in Punjab. Some of the rituals common to the celebration of the festival in all parts of the country are Splash of colours, Preparation of delicacies and sweets especially 'Gujiyas', consumption of Bhaang and burning the Holi bonfire. People on this festival have a gala time with their loved ones and they happily greet everyone 'A very happy Holi'.
Some of the other popular Holi celebrations include the Lath Maar Holi of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh where women are given the rare opportunity to shoo away men singing provocative songs with sticks. Holi in Bengal is celebrated by singing classical songs particular to the occasion and playing several musical instruments. In Punjab, Sikhs demonstrate their skills in martial arts at the occasion. Besides, processions with Jhankis (floats) are held in several parts of the country to mark the occasion.