HOLI FESTIVAL MARCH, 23 -24, 2016

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The Holi festival traditionally celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is associated with many legends, including the story of Holika. Many people in India believe that this holiday shows that the devotion of Hindu people can augment the power of Lord Vishnu. This celebration also honors Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. In addition to its religious aspects, Holi also celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Holi is also known as the Festival of Colors. The holiday is officially celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Phalguna.
The story of Holika and Prahlad is one of the most important stories for Holi. According to the Narada Purana, a Hindu holy text, there was a time when a demon king known as Hiranyakashyap ruled over the entire world. As a ruler, Hiranyakashyap was ruthless and expected every living being to worship him. To Hiranyakashyap’s surprise, Prahlad refused to worship him. Instead, Prahlad was devoted to Lord Naarayana. This was a major problem for Hiryakashyap since Prahlad was his son. Hiryakashyap tried to murder Prahlad on numerous occasions, but he was thwarted every time due to the efforts of Lord Vishnu.
After realizing that he would not be able to kill Prahlad, Hiryakashyap enlisted the help of Holika. Holika was a demon who was believed to be invulnerable to the effects of fire. Holika convinced Prahlad to sit in her lap. When Prahlad was within her reach, Holika grabbed him and sat into a pit of flames. Holika soon realized that she was only invulnerable to fire when she entered the flames alone. Since Holika was accompanied by Prahlad, the flames consumed her. Prahlad emerged from the fire unscathed. Prahlad later learned that Lord Naarayana granted him protection to reward him for his devotion. Many Hindus view this story as a reason to be loyal to Lord Vishnu and other important spiritual figures.
When Lord Krishna was young, he envied the fair skin of Radha. To express his envy, Krishna rubbed color onto Radha’s face. This act of showering another person with color is now considered to be an expression of friendship and love. This story forms the well-known tradition of showering other people with color during Holi celebrations.
Indian people participate in many celebratory activities to have fun and show their devotion for Lord Vishnu.
One of the most iconic activities of Holi is the throwing of colored water and powder in the streets of India’s cities. This is an exciting activity that is used to show devotion and respect to deities, friends, and family members.
Radha is a Hindu goddess and the lover of Lord Krishna. According to traditional stories, Radah was the first woman to be showered with color as a show of love. To show respect for Radah, many people sing Holi songs and perform plays near the goddess’ idol.
To celebrate the triumph of good over evil during the story of Holika and Prahlad, many people build large bonfires on the eve of Holi. It is believed that these fires scare evil spirits by reminding them of Holika’s demise. The burning of the bonfires is a joyous activity. Many people use this occasion to dance, sing, and socialize with their friends and family members. This activity is known as Holika Dahan.
Many festival-goers enjoy Holi by consuming bhang, a treat that is made from cannabis paste. This is traditional treat that is intended to help people relax during the festival.

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