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Holi Festival | Festival of Colours

Holi Festival. The festival of Colours


Holi Festival - Festival of Colours

Holi is famous festival of Hindus. It is also called festival of colours or Faagu Poornima. It falls in the month of Falgun according to Nepali calender.

Why is Holi celebrated ?

Once there were two brothers named Hiranyanks & Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyanks once tried to destroy the earth which was saved by lord Vishnu & Hiranyanks was killed. As a result, Hiranyakashipu became angry with lord Vishnu & wanted to defeat him in order to take the revenge of his brother. Hiranyakashipu then did hard penance of lord Brahma to be blessed with godsend & obtained a boon of virtual immortality with five powers as:
  1. He could neither be killed by animals nor by humans
  2. He could neither be killed indoors nor outdoors
  3. He could neither be killed during the day nor at night
  4. He could neither be killed on land & water nor in air
  5. He could neither be killed by projectile nor by handheld weapons

This virtual immortality made him evil. He terrorized the people who worship god Vishnu & killed anyone who disobeyed him. But to his great disappointment, his own son, Prahlad, became very intense devotee of lord Vishnu & disobeyed his father. Then, Hiranyakashipu asked his sister "Holika" to kill his own son, Prahlad. Holika had a shawl by which she could enter fire unharmed. Holika then influenced young Prahlad to sit in her lap & she herself took her seat in dazzling fire with the shawl. At the mean time, the shawl flew from her and covered Prahlad due to the effect of wind. So Holika was burned & Prahlad was safe as a mercy of God. Then the prayer of Prahlad started to celebrate the event as a victory of goodness over evil. Thus Holi derives its name from Holika.

How is Holi celebrated ?

Holi is celebrated with great joy and enlightenment. In Nepal, it is mostly celebrated in Terai region but nowadays it is celebrated all over the country. People smear their faces with different colours. Children throw coloured water on one another with Pichkaris. Pichkaris in innovative an modern design too come up every year to lure children who wish to drain everybody in the town. Thus, we can say that Holi festival helps to establish brotherhood, friendship, love & closeness in our society.

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