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Festival of Holi on 27 March 2013 - Come, enjoy & Play Holi in India

The festival of Holi has a special significance where essential elements are viz, unity and togetherness. This is the right time to forget all the differences and get involved in pure fun. There is no discrimination of cast, creed, color, race, status or sex while one celebrates Holi in full vigor. People sprinkle colored powder (gulal) and colored water on each other and that is the most important part of the celebration.

Scheduled for March 27, 2013, the Festival of Holi infuses vibrancy and enthusiasm amongst people in India and abroad. A large number of tourists are attracted towards this grand affair of Holi celebration. 

The spring festival of the Hindus is observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and countries which have large Hindu diasporas. Many parts of the country celebrate Holi but the most famous areas are Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana.

People all over India play Holi much the same way.  A night before the full moon, crowds of people gather together and light huge bonfires to burn the residual dried leaves and twigs of the winter. The next day people come together to celebrate it by throwing colours – water and powders (gulal and kumkum) at each other and make merry. A lot of local goodies are made in households and all love singing, dancing & drinking.

Holi has various legends associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his pious son, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made he immune to fire. Story goes that Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme devotion and evil minded Holika was burnt to ashes, for her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.

Since that time, people light a bonfire, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and celebrate the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of devotion to god. Children take special delight in the tradition and this has another legend attached to it. It says that there was once an ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Prithu. She was chased away by children on the day of Holi. Therefore, children are allowed to play pranks at the time of ‘Holika Dahan’. 

Every year it is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. It is also time for spring harvest. The new crop refills the stores in every household and perhaps such abundance accounts for the riotous merriment during Holi. This also explains the other names of this celebration – ‘Vasant Mahotsava’ and ‘Kama Mahotsava’.

The festival is also believed to be a celebration of Radha’s undying love for Lord Krishna. Still another mythological tale states that when Lord Shiva destroyed Kamadeva, he later resurrected him for the sake of his wife Rati.

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