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Why do we celebrate Holi? Know more about this festival!

Holi
Date : 1st/2nd March

Holi, a festival of colours, is one of the oldest Hindu festivals. It is celebrated on the full moon day falling in the month of Phalguna (between February end and middle March), as per the Hindu Calender. This festival is a sign of end of winter and arrival of spring season. 

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Holi represents victory of good over evil. This is one of the social festivals, where families come together and celebrate Holi by throwing colours and distributing sweets representing love and affection towards each other. This festival of colours is celebrated for two days. On first day at evening, it is Holika Dahan, or Chhoti Holi (Small Holi) followed by Rangwali Holi which is on the next morning.

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 On Holika Dahan, people gather and celebrate the victory of good over evil, around a big bonfire and perform pujas. On this day, it is believed that Lord Vishnu in Narsimha avtar killed king of the demon Hiranyakashpu. This demon had an evil motive to rule the world. He had ordered every human being to worship him. But Pralhad, who was his son rejected to do so. Angry Hiranykashapu, decided to kill Pralhad with the help of her sister Holika. So, she wrapped herself with protective mask and sat on the fire with Pralhad. But, that protective mask flew from her and covered Pralhad saving him from the fire. And she was burnt and killed in that fire. 

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The next morning people wake up early and meet together to celebrate Rangwali Holi. They greet each other, sing, dance and enjoy special Holi delicacies like Gujiya and Milk Thandai (special milk shake made with almonds, rose petals and saffron). They keep chanting ‘Holi Hai’. Some people visit temples and pray God for the colourful year ahead. Families spend quality time with each other. They forget old grudges and hug each other. So, Holy has a cultural importance. It is believed that Lord Krishna used to celebrate Holi by throwing colours in the sky with their friends in Vrindavan. So, this is one the most awaiting festival, where people are energetic and happy. Holi is not only celebrated in India, but the festival is also spread to Europe and America.