Holi

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Holi

Saloni Kainth, Staff Writer

Starting on March 20th, there will be a Hindu spring festival called Holi. This is referred to the festival of colors which celebrates the oncoming spring season. The festival originally originated from the Indian subcontinent and honors the Hindu god Vishnu and his follower, Prahlada. This celebration signifies the lesson of good will always win over evil. The event usually lasts two days with the first day called Holika Dahan and the second day as Holi. The first day, Holika Dahan, is celebrated by having bonfires while singing, dancing, and having fun. At night, people also light small candles called diya usually in front of their door to welcome everyone. The next day is celebrated by throwing colored powder at each other as a fun activity. This is a chance for everyone to have fun with their family, friends, and relatives.

Holi is usually held at the end of winter to celebrate the spring season along with honoring the Hindu god named Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu, an arrogant king, wanted everyone to worship only him and no one else. His son, however, named Prahlada, disagreed with his ideas and was a devoted follower of Vishnu. One day, Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt, tricked Prahlada to sit on a pyre (a big bonfire) with her to teach him a lesson. Prahlada was pushed into the fire while Holika had a cloak that made her immune to fire. However, Holika’s cloak encased Prahlada instead of her, which led to her burning instead of Prahlada. Later on, Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu by transforming into half-human and half-lion and killing him with his claws.

Holi marks the celebration of a new year, to better relationships with everyone, and to the changing seasons with new friends. In some countries, the festival lasts seven days, but usually the festival lasts two days. Holi is a time to celebrate love, friendship, religion, and to have fun.

 

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