CELEBRATIONS BEGINS – FESTIVAL OF COLORS

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Holi, the festival signifies the victory of good over evil by playing with colors and light a bonfire called Holika. People from all parts of countries are celebrating Holi to generate the feeling of brotherhood and also as Thanksgiving Day for a good harvest. Children particularly enjoy the festival as they throw water filled balloons at passersby…and if anybody stares. They have a ready answer, ‘BURA NA MANO HOLI HAI..’ and evoke a smile on the irritated face. In some states, there is also a tradition of breaking the pot full of buttermilk which is hung high on the streets.

There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Narayana and refused to worship his father.

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Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed. Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire.

The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Narayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.

Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil. Already the festival is trending on Twitter with a hashtag #HappyHoli also on Facebook. Many celebrities are shared their videos and tweets. Splash your love with colors and enjoy the day with a lot of happiness and post your festival selfies in your social media.

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