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Holi Festival of Colors

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Holi festival is known as one of the most popular and fun festivals in India. The Holi festival is known as the festival of colors and is celebrated in the month of March according to the English calendar and the month of Phagun, according to the Hindu calendar. The Holi festival takes place on a full moon day and follows a number of traditions, which people follow.

If you are wondering why Holi is celebrated, then let’s go back to the basics, from where it all started. According to the Hindu mythology, there was once an evil king named Hiranakashyap, who had suppressed everybody in his kingdom, threatening them to worship him as their god. While everybody followed him, his own son Prahlad turned out to be a worshipper of Lord Vishnu. Furious, the king had ordered his son to be killed and called his sister Holika who had the boon of immunity to fire, to kill his son. But as history has it, Lord Vishnu himself saved Prahlad from the deadly fire and Holika was burnt to ashes as her boon was to only work if she entered the fire alone.

Ever since then, during Holi, an auspicious fire is lit in every household, with the belief that it will burn down every impurity in the household. Holi festival is celebrated in full spirits, where markets buzz with colors, fancy accessories, and pichkaris. Generally, the Holi festival is celebrated over a span of one night and one full day (two days). The first night, there’s a ‘Holika Dahan,’ which has the auspicious fire lit in the backyard or front yard of every household. This fire is believed to make way for positive energy to weave in within the house while all the negativity dies. The next day is when people play with colors, right from the morning till late afternoon. Earlier, playing colorful Holi with water was more common, however, now as a step towards conservation of water to save the environment, more and more people are opting for dry Holi with organic powder colors. Also, Holi festival happens to be the first one involving a whole lot of gathering chronologically as per the English calendar, it is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.

People generally greet one another with the wish ‘Happy Holi‘ during the Holi festival and put colors on each other’s’ faces. The younger ones in the house touch the feet of all the elderly people and put powdered color on their feet while doing so as they exchange wishes.

If you too are a supporter of the conservation of the environment, make sure to opt for dry Holi this time and intimate your family and friends about the same. Promoting dry Holi is a great step towards preventing water wastage and protecting the environment, for the future generations and a better present and future for the existing ones.

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