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Holi - the hindu festival of colors, signifies the destruction of evil, marking the end of winters.
A joyful Festival of Colour - Holi is one of the most vibrant festival of India. The festival is celebrated with extreme joy and enthusiasm by Hindus located anywhere in the world. The two-days-long Holi festival comes in the bloom of spring and falls on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March according to Gregorian calendar. While there is a tradition of holding a puja ceremony on the first day, the second and the most important day of the festival is full of fun and frolic. People go wild playing with colours and enjoy to the hilt.

Holi - Indian Festival
Holi - Indian Festival
Holi- Indian FestivalHolika Dahan :
Holika Dahan constitutes the first day ritual of the festival of colour. Preparations for this days (also called the Chhoti Holi day) starts much in advance. People start collecting logs of wood on the important crossroads of the city. This results in a huge pile of wood on the day of Holika Dahan. These logs are set to fire amidst prayers and chanting of Vedic mantras.

Holika Dahan relives the legend of Prahlad - the devout son of the demon King Hiranyakshyapu who wanted everybody in his kingdom to worship him. But to the great disappointment of the King, Prahlad became a worshiper of Lord Vishnu. Unable to tolerate his insult Hiranyakashyap planned the murder of his own son with the help of his sister Holika who had a boon which made her immune to fire. Holika sat on a blazing fire with nephew Prahlad in her lap. However, by the grace of the god, Prahlad was saved while Holika was burnt to death. The ceremony of Holika Dahan depicts the victory of good over evil. This is why on the pile of wood burnt on Holi an effigy of Holika is also placed.

Holi Celebrations :
Holi celebrations takes place with much enthusiasm all over the country but there is no parallel to the Holi of Barsana and Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh. These towns are associated with Lord Krishna who is said to have started the trend of playing Holi with colours. Till date lovers reenact the mischief played by Krishna on his beloved Radha and other Gopis and make an expression of their love for each other.

Holi of Maharashtra and Gujarat is also quite popular. Here a pot full of buttermilk is hung high on the street. Enthusiastic young boys form huge pyramid to break the pot while womenfolk keep showering buckets full of colour water on them. The atmosphere is charged with joy and fun.

The festival of Holi is particularly enjoyed by children. They can be seen ready with their loaded water jets called 'pichkaris' and hands stained in colours. Children draw great fun in drenching passers by with their funfilled mischiefs.

After a frenzied game of colour and water, people relish the delicious gujiyas, malpuas, mathris, papdi and dahi bhalle. These lip smacking Holi delicacies are downed with thandai laced with intoxicating bhang to further enhance the spirit of the festival.

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